Akeredolu Can Oust Criminal Herdsmen, Afenifere Tells Presidency

The Pan Yoruba Socio-Political Group, Afenifere, has said that the Governor of the State of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, has the right to issue a notice of withdrawal to the state’s criminal herders.

Ejes Gist News reports that within a period of seven days from Monday, 18 January, Akeredolu had ordered herdsmen in the state to vacate the forest reserves.

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The governor also prohibited night grazing as well as highway and under-age grazing in the state in a declaration issued on his official Twitter handle on Monday.

Akeredolu said the actions are part of the government’s efforts to combat kidnapping cases and other safety challenges in the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari rejected the ultimatum, responding to the quit notice, asking herdsmen to leave Ondo forest reserves.

In a statement by his media spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, the President urged the state government and the leadership of the Fulani communities to pursue a good understanding of their dialogue to end state insecurity.

Speaking on the issue, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa, Secretary-General of Afenifere, hailed the Governor for issuing a notice of withdrawal to the criminal herders.

Arogbofa said Governor Akeredolu took the right steps because the land in the state was virtually taken over by criminal elements.

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He said: “Akeredolu is on the right path, particularly if the occupation of those places or any place in the state is detrimental to the development of the state, Akeredolu may exercise this power as the Chief Security Officer of the state.”

Akeredolu proved to be a true Nigerian when he said that any of the herdsmen who would like to stay in any part of the state must register first of all.

“Without his authority, you can’t just come from nowhere to occupy someone’s land. A desperate illness needs a cure that is desperate.

In this state, the rate of abduction is very embarrassing to the extent that one can not leave one’s house without serious prayers to safely return home. Illegal people in the state have virtually taken over our land. I have to admit that the Governor felt worried.

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Some of our traditional rulers have granted outsiders to people without jurisdiction, people who can not be traced and who are believed to be suspect, people without legal rights from the Niger Republic.

I think we have to give Mr. Governor credit for saying that any landlords or traditional rulers caught planning or selling land to them without authority will be seriously dealt with by these marauders.

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