Herder-farmer conflict: Governor Abiodun deploys task force to Yewa

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Governor Dapo Abiodun

Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has warned perpetrators of violence in Owode-ketu, Eegua, Igan-Alade and Igbogila areas of the state, saying his administration would leave no stone unturned in curtailing the activities of brigands in the state.

He gave the warning on Thursday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin.

The statement further indicated that the governor has deployed a special task force, comprising the Nigeria Police and other security agencies, including the State Security Services and local vigilante groups, with representatives of other stakeholder entities in the crises-prone areas of Yewa-North, Imeko-Afon and Yewa South Council Areas of the state.

Recall that in recent times the areas have witnessed criminal assaults and killings, leading to the closure of schools, public institutions and business facilities.

Governor Abiodun directed that investigations be sped up and concluded so that indicted persons could be charged to court and prosecuted in the interest of justice.

He said: “The government will leave no stone unturned in checking the activities of brigands and criminals in this state.

“Ogun cannot be defined by crimes and criminalities. Ogun does not have any haven – safe or unsafe – for killers, bandits, insurgents or cultists.

“We shall spare no action, including ruthless ones, to bring peace, public order into every hamlet, town and city in the Gateway State.

“The provisions of the Constitution and the moral authority confer on the government the right to protect the lives and properties of the people. This is sacrosanct and shall not be compromised under Governor Dapo Abiodun’s watch.”

Last weekend, Governor Abiodun set up an investigation team to investigate and bring to book, all the persons involved in the herders/farmers conflicts in the state.

Governor Abiodun commiserated with the families of the deceased and also expressed sympathy to those who lost their farmlands as well as cows during the unfortunate crisis.

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