The Ondo state government has banned Fulani nomadic herdsmen from carrying out any activities in the state capital, Akure, Sahara Reporters informed.
A herdsman escorting his cattle with AK47 riffle.
This was made known on March 4 by the state’s commissioner for environment, Sola Ebiseni, during a stakeholder meeting to deliberate on the constant clashes between farmers and the Fulani herdsmen.
Ebiseni disclosed that the government had already issued the herdsmen a one week ultimatum to remove their cattle from Akure main town.
He said any Fulani herdsman grazing their cattle at night would be considered thieves and handed over to security agencies.
“We don’t want to see the Fulani herdsmen grazing cattle within the streets of Akure, the State capital. Animals are not reared on the road in our own towns. They are allowed in the outskirts of the town,” Ebiseni said.
It was gathered that a monitoring task force team from the ministry of environment has been instructed to ensure strict compliance of the order. The task force team is saddled with the responsibility of dealing decisively with any herdsmen that flout the order.
The state government also mandated cattle dealers and marketers to register as an association or body with proof of identification. This instruction is to help identify cattle rearers that cause trouble and violence.
The major areas Fulani herdsmen were banned from include; Oba ile Road, Ode-ilekun road, Barracks/Ondo road, Airport/Owo road, Adofure/Idanre road as well as all permanent residential estates.
Speaking also at the meeting, an environmental activist and chairman of the agricultural commodities association in Ondo state, Akin Olotu, solicited for a suitable collaboration between the states and the federal government in building cattle ranches for the benefit of Fulani nomadic herdsmen.
In a reaction to the constant clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmer across the country, the Senate on March 3 brainstormed on a lasting solution to the menace.
In a motion sponsored by Chukwuka Utazi representing Enugu North senatorial district, the Senate urged the cattle owners to ensure that the grazing of their cattle does not infringe on the rights of farming communities and other farmers who engage in settled agricultural production.