By Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has ordered herdsmen to quit all forest reserves in the state within the next seven days.
Akeredolu made gave the order via his verified Twitter on Monday, citing the increasing incidents of kidnap cases in the state.
He wrote: “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.”
Also, the Governor banned night-grazing with immediate effect, saying that most farm destruction takes place at night.
“Movement of cattle within cities and highways is prohibited.
“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.”
The Governor noted that his 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.”
Recalled that in November, bandits shots a prominent traditional ruler, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi, at Ose-Owo Road while was coming from a meeting in Akure, the state capital.