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Monday, February 15, 2021

Herdsmen Attacks: Don't Take Law Into Your Hands, Ogun Govt Appeals To Yewa People

- As Peace Building Mission Begins



Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Waheed Odusile, has appealed to the people of Ogun State, particularly the Yewa - Ketu area of the  state not to take law into their hands in respoding to the crisis.

Yewaland( Ogun West Senatorial District) has been  the epicentre of attacks, destructions and killings by suspected armed herdsmen.

In the last one week, no fewer than seven were allegedly hacked to death by guns and machettes wielding herdsmen while varying degrees of injury were inflicted on  number of others, including children and women.

Some houses were also torched by the attack - herders.

But speaking during visit to the Palace of the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle  and communities  affected by herders invasion, Odusile appealed to them and other ethnic groups residing in the State to allow the security agencies and the traditional rulers to resolve the crisis.

The state government delegation visited the monarch and the communities on Peace Building Mission on Sunday.

The Commissioner also called for a peaceful co-existence among the indigenes and people from other ethnic groups,  disclosing that an all inclusive stakeholders meeting had been scheduled to hold soon to find solutions to the problems.

He lauded the Royal fathers in Yewaland  for dousing the tension that arose as a result of the attack from the herdsmen, calling for the sharing of necessary information that would lead to the end of the crisis.

He added that the government was poised to finding lasting  solution to the crisis in the state.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, said that though the farmers/herders clashes was a national problem, the State government was looking at ways of finding an enduring solution to it as government was not happy with recent happenings in the some parts of the State.

"Government is not happy with what is happening in this area. Government is not happy with what is going on in this part of the State. We have come on the instruction of the State Governor to see what can be done to address this crisis because the State government is not happy with what is happening.

"I must stressed the need for peaceful co-existence among all our people irrespective of where you come from. Though this crisis is a national issue, government is putting security plans in place to secure the lives of our people in this area," he assured.

Afuape advised  the people to be vigilant by reporting strange faces and movements to the security officials, as government could not afford crisis in any part of the State.

Also speaking  Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, acknowledged similar challenges in other parts of the country but added that it was becoming pronounced in the State in recent time.

The monarch  called for an immediate setting up of the AMOTEKUN Corps in the State and involve  traditional rulers in selecting its operatives who know their different terrains.

"The State Governor has done well by putting in place mechanism to address this problem. I want to plead with the Governor to commission the AMOTEKUN Corp. When doing this all critical stakeholders including the traditional rulers should be involve in recommendng people who know the terrains. Round pegs should be put in round holes," he advised.

The monarch seeks a meeting of all traditional rules to discuss the issue, advocating for the inscription of owner's name on each cattle, maintaining that this would help in identifying the owner in event of destruction of farm by cattle.

In his submission,  the Eselu of Iselu, Oba Ebenezer Akinyemi, traced the crisis to cattle feeding on farmers produce and called for the creation of special area for the herders to graze their cattle.

He also called for the rehabilitation of schools in the area to attract more children, saying that out of school children were increasing in the area.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Inter-ethnic Affairs, Prince Hadi Sani, who spoke in Hausa and Yoruba languages, pleaded with the people to be peaceful as no meaningful development could take place in a crisis - ridden environment.

The delegation in the course of the visit had a town hall meeting with the people of Oja Odan, addressed the people at Ibeshe and Ilaro Garage, as well as the Hausa community at Dangote Cement Factory at Ibeshe and Kara, Abeokuta, where they appealed for calm and support in finding amicable solutions to the crisis.

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