Governor takes action as rampaging gunmen killings escalate

Governor takes action as rampaging herdsmen killings escalate

In view of the recent spate of killings and farmland invasion that have gripped his state, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has vowed to crush those behind the banditry activities by fully implementing the State Anti-Open Grazing law.

The State Governor, who described the recent spate of killings in his state as ‘barbaric and condemnable’, also cautioned the residents of the State against resorting to self-help in a bid to defend themselves and their farmlands against the rampaging bandits.

According to a recent statement by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, the Governor urged the State residents to always report suspicious activities of the bandits in their communities to the Security Agencies.

The statement reads: “Residents in the State, especially farmers, are enjoined to report any invasion of farmlands and unauthorised grazing to the Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, South West Security Network (Amotekun) and other security agencies. None is permitted to resort to self-help.”

“This reinforced directive, which is the outcome of the State Security Council meeting is pertinent following renewed hostilities between farmers and herders resulting in casualties in some boundary towns between Ondo and Edo States.

“Undoubtedly, the latest killings are barbaric and condemnable even as efforts have been deepened to apprehend the culprits through inter-state co-operation and synergy.

“The state government, however, believes strongly that such situations are avoidable.

“Residents are, therefore, urged to abide by this directive and trust in the capacity of our security agencies to enforce to the fullest, provisions of the Anti-open Grazing Law that is in operation in the State.

“Henceforth, any confirmed report of self-help that impairs the operations of security agencies shall be viewed as unhelpful to the government’s efforts at any given instance,” it further added.

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