Ondo state Governnor Rotimi Akeredolu has ordered Fulani hersmen in the state to vacate the state forest reserved within seven days.
Akeredolu made this known on Monday January 18 through his Twitter account,he said the decision is based on the high level of insecurity in the state.
His words: “These unfortunate incidents are traceable to the activities of some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen.
“These felons have turned our forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.
“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. In light of the foregoing, the following orders are hereby issued:
“1. All Forest Reserves in the State are to be vacated by herdsmen within the next 7 days with effect from today, Monday 18th January, 2021.
“2. Night-grazing is banned with immediate effect because most farm destruction takes place at night.
“3. Movement of cattle within cities and highways is prohibited.
“4. Under-aged grazing of cattle is outlawed.
“Our resolution to guarantee safety of lives and property within the State shall remain utmost as security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban.
“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.”