Following reports of the killing of local Yewa North local government by suspected Fulani herders, the Ogun state government has appealed to people not to take the laws into their own hands.
DAILY POST reports that over 10 people were killed in the communities of Owode Ketu, Ebute Igbooro and Agbon-Ojodu between Thursday and Sunday.
We will remind you that young people and other stakeholders in the west of Ogun have warned that they can resort to self-help in defense against killer shepherds if the government does nothing.
But Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy Abdulwaheed Odusile appealed to the people not to take the law into their own hands.
Odusile spoke during a government delegation visit to problem areas in Yewi.
Odusile asked people to “allow security agencies and traditional rulers to resolve the situation.”
While calling for peaceful coexistence among the indigenous population and people from other ethnic groups, Odusile revealed that a meeting of comprehensive stakeholders was scheduled soon to find solutions to the problems.
Speaking at the Olu of Ilaro Palace, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Government, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, noted that while conflicts between farmers and ranchers are a national problem, the state government is looking for ways to find a lasting solution to it.
“The government is not happy with what is happening in this area. The government is not happy with what is happening in this part of the state. We came on the instructions of the governor of the state to see what can be done to solve this crisis because the state government is not satisfied with what is happening.
“I must emphasize the need for peaceful coexistence of all our people, regardless of where you come from. Although this crisis is a national issue, the government is setting up security plans to ensure the lives of our people in this area, ”he assured.
Afuape stressed the need for people to be vigilant in reporting unusual faces and movements to security officials, as the government could not afford a crisis in any part of the state.
Olu Ilara and the paramount ruler of Jeweland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, called for the urgent establishment of the Amotecun Corps in the country.
He advocated involving traditional rulers in selecting operatives who knew their different terrains.
“The governor has done well in establishing a mechanism to address this issue. I ask the governor to order the Amotec Corps. When doing so, all critical stakeholders, including traditional rulers, should be involved in recommending people who know the terrain. Round pegs should be placed in round holes, ”he advised.
The monarch requested a meeting of all traditional rulers to discuss the issue, advocating writing the names of the owners on each livestock, arguing that this would help identify the owner in the event of destruction of the farm by livestock.
DAILY POST reports that about four people were killed again in Agbon-Oyod, shortly after a government delegation left the area.