The Oyo State Government has constituted stakeholder committees at both state and local government levels to address regular clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
The Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Security, Mr Olusegun Abolarinwa, who disclosed this while highlighting the activities of the state government on averting the incessant clashes between the two groups in Ibadan yesterday, urged affected persons not to take laws into their hands.
He said: “The state government does not have any policy on grazing zone yet as the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture is yet to make a pronouncement on nomadic rearing to be domesticated in all states. In the interim, the state government has taken proactive steps to constitute committees at both the state and local levels.
“The committees comprise security agencies, chairmen of local councils, farmers associations, the committee of Fulanis, miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria, Seriki Hausawa, community leaders and relevant stakeholders in the community.”
Abolarinwa added that the governor has directed the Special Adviser on Community Relations and the Senior Special Assistant on Security to address the crisis erupting in the religious sector as well as community-related crises at the Ibarapa zone of the state with specific instructions to meet with the aggrieved sects of farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
Mr Abolarinwa explained that the crisis erupted when farmers laced their farms with poison in a bid to retaliate on the Fulani whose cows destroyed their farm lands and trampled on them.
He, therefore, urged residents of the state to be security conscious by constituting themselves as watchmen in their neighbourhoods, stressing that it is incumbent on everyone to be alert on various security threats and challenges around.
- Source – The Nation