By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Chairman House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Peter Ojedokun has charged Fulani cattle rearers in Ibarapa land and in the state to adopt cattle ranching methods or quit the areas to allow peace reign supreme in the land.
Hon. Ojedokun who represents Ibarapa Central and North Constituency in the state Assembly said it is imperative they also register with the state government in order to identify them and fish out those behind the dastard killings and other nefarious activities in the area.
The lawmaker said the idea is a must in order to find a lasting solution to the problems of insecurity rocking the Ibarapa axis of the state over some time.
Speaking with Western Post in Ibadan on the issues, Hon. Ojedokun described the development as uncalled for, adding that the killings and destructions of farms by the Fulani herders had caused the people untold pain.
“The problems in Igangan started with the Fulanis destroying farms with their cattle, kidnapping, killings, raping and other terrible and barbaric acts.
“We took actions and drastic steps to address the development as they were happening but we didn’t get good responses from government and security agency until the recent development which had Sunday Igboho taking up the fight against the Fulani’s in Igangan.”
Commenting on the actions taking by Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Ignoho on the Igangan issues, Hon. Ojedokun described it as commendable because his actions restored peace in the area.
According to him, “Ighoho was invited by the people of the area to help them out when they could no longer bear the pain and fears the killers herders had subjected them to.
“It was the people of the area who cried to Sunday Igboho to assist them since all their efforts to get attention and justice from government and security agency did yield any result.
“At a point, farmers could not go to the farm, the people and women were afraid to walk freely in the areas due to the fear of being kidnapped, raped or hurt.
“This made them to invite Ighoho to assist them, and on sighting him, they were very happy because his action actually restored peace in the area, he explained.
“We thank God and the state government for their responses too because peace has returned to the area.”
The legislator advised the state government to as a matter of urgency implement the anti-Open Rearing and Grazing law in the state to checkmate and control excesses of herders and those disguising as herders to kill and cause trouble in the state.
He also urged the state government to recruit more personnel into the Amotekun corps with logistics and weapons to assist in curbing crimes of this nature in the entire state.