Governor Ajimobi orders arrest and prosecution of gun-wielding herdsmen

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has directed security agencies to begin the immediate arrest and prosecution of Fulani herdsmen caught carrying guns and other dangerous weapons across the state. The governor gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting aimed at dousing the tension triggered by the incessant herdsmen-farmers clash, which was attended by the representatives of farmers, Fulani herdsmen, security agencies and other stakeholders, at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, Ibadan.

Governor Ajimobi also directed the immediate registration of herdsmen and possibly their cattle to separate genuine pastoralists from criminal-minded herders, as well as the convocation of a monthly stakeholders’ meeting at the state and local government levels. He called on residents to join hands with the government to secure the state by being vigilant and to always report any form of security breach to the appropriate security agencies instead of taking the law into their own hands. Also speaking, the Oyo state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude said that the police had the men, equipment, the will and capacity to deal decisively with any criminal element in the name of herdsman.