In the wake of the on-going crisis between Fulani herdsmen and farmers/residents of communities in Nigeria, the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has put a ban on open range cattle grazing and rearing in the state.
This came during his visit to Oke-Ako, a community in Ikole Ekiti LGA of the state which was recently attacked by suspected herdsmen. Two persons reportedly died from the attack while three others are currently receiving treatment from sustained injuries in separate hospitals.
Local communities have been faced by Fulani herdsmen attack and has become increasingly popular over the years without any punitive measure taken by the government, however Governor Fayose said a Bill to make the movement of cattle from one location to another in the state criminal would soon be passed to the State House of Assembly
While commiserating with the people of Oke-Ako, the Governor assured them that the ugly incident will not repeat itself again and made open his decision to put a stop to cattle rearing and grazing in the state. He said those interested should restrict their animals to their private ranch.
Fayose described the attackers of Oke-Ako and other communities as “agents of the devil and must be fished out accordingly” and vowed to do everything within his powers to prevent a repeat of such attack in any part of the state. “I will not fold my hands while armed herdsmen invade communities in Ekiti, killing people and destroying farmlands at will as they have done in other states.
He warned that there could be reprisal attack on Fulani herdsmen in the state if they do not desist from invading communities and attacking the people. “I have directed the police and other security agencies in the state to fish out the killer herdsmen. I am in constant touch with the security agencies and I hope that the killer herdsmen will be fished out wherever they are and made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Governor expressed his concerns on how the agricultural industry is expected to grow with the uncontrolled activities of the herdsmen, “one wonders how Nigerians can go back to farming when those already in the farms are losing billions of naira worth of crops to destruction of their farmlands by the Fulani Herdsmen and the Federal Government is not doing anything about it.”