Farmers/herders clash: Gov Abiodun orders investigation, sets up task force

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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has ordered the security agencies in the state to investigate the recent clash between herdsmen and farmers in the Yewa area of the state, in which one life was lost and property destroyed.

 

This was contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, on Saturday in Abeokuta.

 The governor also announced that he had set up a Special Task Force that will maintain presence in all areas of the state prone to herders/farmers conflict. This decisions were reached at the state security council meeting.

The task force, according to him, would maintain peace and  quickly respond to any form of violence or crimes.

The governor said, “The government is immediately setting up a joint security patrol team / task force involving all security agencies in the state to not only deal with the situation, but to also nip in the bud any threat to violence or criminality.

“Our first priority in Ogun State is the safety of lives and properties of everyone, and we will not compromise on that.”

While he warned that the government would not tolerate any act of criminality, he equally directed that those behind the recent violence in Eggua in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state should be brought to justice.

He added, “We will not condone any act of criminality in the state no matter who is involved.
“The police and other security agencies have been directed to go after the perpetrators of this act and bring them to book.

“We will not allow anybody to disrupt the peace in Ogun State, and anyone who tries to test our resolve to maintain peace in our state will have himself or herself to blame.

“Our State is known for being a haven of peace, security and harmonious relationship amongst people of different ethnic groups whether citizens or settlers who consider the State their home.

“This is a long and cherished tradition that we are proud of and which this Administration is committed to sustain.

“We therefore condemn in strong terms the recent unfortunate violence orchestrated by certain elements  by whipping up and capitalising on divisive ethnic sentiments to perpetrate an agenda that is inimical to public security and safety.”

He commiserated with the family of the deceased, and expressed his sympathy to those who lost their farmlands as well as cows during the unfortunate incident.

“Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and those who lost their properties in the needles violence.

“This Administration is determined to end this unfortunate cycle of violence and we are hopeful that all the inclusive Stakeholders’ meeting will identify specific and practical initiatives that will achieve the desired end. In the meantime, all residents of the State are enjoined to continue to go about their lawful businesses and report any strange movements or threats to peace in their neighbourhoods to the security agencies who have been put on red alert to respond swiftly and act decisively.”

The governor has, however, convened an expansive stakeholders’ meeting to hold next week, involving farmers, herdsmen and other stakeholders to bring about a lasting peace.

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