- The Ondo governor, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to the insecurity in the state
- The governor has issued an executive order guiding the grazing of cattle in Ondo
- Akeredolu expressed displeasure over criminal activities being carried out by people pretending to be cattle grazers
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has given herdsmen 7 days ultimatum to quit all forest reserves in Ondo state.
Akeredolu issued the ultimatum on Monday, January 18, in a thread of tweets.
He said the decision was taken to address the root causes of kidnappings and other crimes in the state.
According to the governor, security reports had indicated that some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen were behind the cases of abductions reported in Ondo.
“As the Chief Law and Security Officer of the State, it is my constitutional obligation to do everything lawful to protect the lives and property of all residents of the State…”
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In addition to the order to vacate the forest reserves, the governor said herdsmen are banned from night-grazing.
He also stated that henceforth, the movement of cattle within cities and highways is prohibited.
The governor further outlawed under-aged grazing of cattle in Ondo state.
Akeredolu disclosed that security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban.
He said he will give a grace period of seven days for herders in the state to register their cattle-rearing business.
In another report, some travellers have reportedly been abducted in Osun state.
According to The Nation, the incident occurred along Omoh/Erin-Ijesha road in Ori-Ade local government area of the state.
The travellers were reportedly waylaid by gunmen, who took some of them to a nearby bush around Ori-Oke Omoh while others were left at the scene.
In another sad incident, Rev. Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria has been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
The priest was reportedly killed after he was abducted by the bandits in the north-central state.
Another Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ugwoke, made the announcement on Saturday, January 16 via Twitter
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