- Ondo state government said there was no plan to create a settlement for herdsmen in the state
- The commissioner for information and orientation, Donald Ojogo, accused the PDP of spreading rumour concerning the alleged plan in a bid to paint Governor Akeredolu in a bad light
- Ojogo clarified that a group of strangers that illegally flooded a community in the state has been chased out while their collaborators are being questioned
Ondo state government has denied an alleged plan by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to create a settlement to accommodate herdsmen in the state.
The state government, according to a statement released by the commissioner for information and orientation, Donald Ojogo, accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being behind the ‘mischief’, The Nation reports.
Ojogo accused the PDP of spreading the rumour with the motive to paint Governor Akeredolu in a bad light.
The commissioner clarified that an influx of strangers to Ajowa Akoko was reported to the state government but added that the community had chased the intruders away.
He said the government's preliminary investigations showed that the intruders were not Fulani of Nigerian descent but foreigners.
Legit.ng gathered that Ojogo also noted that the foreigners were not seen with cattle when they were chased out of the state.
He said Governor Akeredolu has ordered the arrest of an indigene of Ajowa who allegedly facilitated the unauthorised movement of the foreigners to the town.
He added another person who was part of the plot, a Fulani butcher resident in Ajowa, has been chased out of the town.
The state government emphasised that it will not tolerate unauthorised mass movement or influx into the state.
It, however, urged citizens not to resort to self-help which can jeopardize cordial relationship among Nigerians.
The government also pledged to the southwest security outfit, Amotekun, which is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, January 9, will further take care of the security challenges in the state.
In a related development, herdsmen operating in Oyo, southwestern Nigeria, have dragged the executive arm of the state government headed by Seyi Makinde and the state's House of Assembly to court.
The suit, Legit.ng learns, was initiated by the herdsmen in protest against the state's anti-grazing law.
The herdsmen are said to have complained that the law is a violation of their fundamental rights.
The herdsmen filed the suit under the umbrella of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria. They also joined the state's attorney-general and commissioner for justice in the suit.
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