Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has issued a seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen in all forest reserves in the state to vacate the area with effect from Monday, January 18, 2021.
Worried by the spate of insecurity in ondo, Akeredolu who issued the ultimatum said the development became necessary due to the resurgence of banditry and other security challenges facing the state.
He also placed a ban on night-grazing and movement of cattle within cities and highways in the state.
Arising from a closed-door security meeting with the leadership of the Hausa/Fulani and Ebira communities in the state held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, Alagabaka, Akure on Monday, Akeredolu said underaged grazing of cattle has been outlawed in the state.
He said: “In its usual magnanimity, our administration will give a grace period of seven days for those who wish to carry on with their cattle-rearing business to register with appropriate authorities.
“Our resolution to guarantee the safety of lives and property within the state shall remain utmost as security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban.”
He said his administration will not fold its arms and allow a few individuals turn the state into a haven of dare-devil criminals, noting that security reports and debriefings from victims of kidnap cases pointed in one direction traceable to some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen.
Akeredolu decried the activities of the criminal elements, adding that they have turned forest reserves in the state and across the South-West into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.