Farmers/ herders attacks: Abiodun visits victims, deploys special Task Force

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…Five northern governors to attend stakeholders meeting

The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Moday evening evening visited Oja Odan and Igbo Iroo in Yewa North Local Government, to express his sympathy with the residents and families of those who lost their relations and property to the orgy of violence which engulfed Ketu and its environs allegedly by gun-wielding herdsmen in the last few days.

Our correspondent who was part of the on- the- spot assessment tour reports that the governor who went with some of his commissioners, aides, security chiefs and a lawmaker said he shared the people’s pains, but called for caution and restraint.

While assuring them of government’s efforts at securing their lives and resolving the farmers -herders crisis, he explained that he had already set up a Special Task Force made up of soldiers, Police, Civil Defence Corps, Directorate of State Services, local hunters among others.

He said he had provided all the logistics for their deployments like vehicles stating that they would be deployed immediately without further delay, and they would permanently have a base in Ketu land.

He, however, appealed to the residents to allow peace reign, and that they should cooperate with the security agents when they arrive.

Governor Abiodun who was received by the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewa land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Eselu of Iselu, Oba Ebenezer Akinyemi and Baale of Igbo Iroo, Chief Tajudeen Akorede, also said there would be a stakeholders meeting in Abeokuta today(Tuesday) in which the nagging issue of Farmers-herders crisis in the state would be discussed and lasting solutions to ending it proffered.

He said he had invited five Northern governors who will be coming to attend the meeting together with the representatives of farmers, herders and the traditional rulers from the affected villages.

The governor announced that the government would foot the bills of the injured who are still in the hospital, and compensate those who lost their property and loved ones.

Speaking at Oja Odan to the residents, the governor said, “I came because of the happenings here, and I want thank you for your patience and resilience.

“When this happened, Ihad earlier sent a delegation to visit here and when I got their report, I had to call another state security meeting this morning (Monday).

“Considering the seriousness of the report I got from the delegation, I had to come down here with all the security chiefs in the state and some of my commissioners and aides and the lawmaker representing this constituency.

“I appeal for calm, as I have already set up a special task force made up of soldiers, Police, local hunters, civil defence, State Security Services and bought operational vehicles for them and they will be permanently stationed here. Five governors are coming from the North for the stakeholders meeting on the crisis tomorrow (Tuesday We must learn to live together.”

The traditional rulers who spoke one after the other narrated their people’s ordeal in the hands of killer herders who they alleged had trampled on their subjects farmlands, feed their animals with harvested grains and killed some of them.

The residents claimed they could no longer sleep in their villages for the fear of being attacked, as some of the villages had been deserted.

In the last few days, no fewer than 10 lives had been lost while others had suffered varying degrees of injuries from machete cuts and gunshot wounds.

 

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