Herdsmen, Farmers Clash: Oyo Govt. Constitutes Committees To Address Issue

Abiola Ajimobi, Farmers, Herdsmen, OyoThe Oyo State government has set up stakeholder committees at both state and local government levels to address the crisis of the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the state.

The Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Security, Mr Olusegun Abolarinwa, made the disclosure in Ibadan, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

Mr Abolarinwa highlighted the activities of the state government to avert the incessant clashes between the two groups.

“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 comprising security agencies, chairmen of local councils, farmers’ associations, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Seriki Hausawa, community leaders and relevant stakeholders in the community,” the governor’s aide stated.

He disclosed further that Senator Ajimobi has directed his Special Adviser on Community Relations, and his Senior Special Assistant on Security to address the crisis erupting in the religion sector.

The governor also asked them to tackle the community related crises at the Ibarapa area of the state, with specific instructions to meet with the aggrieved sects of farmers and the Fulani herdsmen.

Mr Abolarinwa explained that the crisis began when farmers allegedly laced their farms with poison in a bid to retaliate on the herdsmen whose cows purportedly destroyed their farmlands.

He, however, urged the aggrieved parties not to take laws into their hands, reiterating that the government has put adequate measures in place to strengthen the security of the state.

The security adviser hinted that some of the measures include: joint security patrol, procurement of armoured personnel carriers for the Oyo State Police Command, procurement of Hilux vehicles for security agencies and rendering various forms of assistance to the security agencies in the state.

He urged the people of the state to be security conscious by constituting themselves as watchmen in their neighbourhood.

The appeal was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Oyo State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun.

Oyo State Politicians Sign Peace Accord

OYO STATECandidates running for National Assembly seats from various political parties across Oyo State have signed the much awaited peace accord promising to maintain peace and dignity of the electoral process in all their undertakings.

Candidates from three geo-political zones in the State namely Ibadan, Oyo and Ogbomosho trooped to various police formations in their zones to append their signature on the peace document.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Musa Katsina, who presided over the event, admonished all who signed and the parties they represent to uphold the law, maintain peace and respect the sanctity of life or face the wrath of the law.

On their part, the candidates who are mostly Senators and House of Representative members promised to do all possible for credible and peaceful polls.

The much awaited peace pact began in Oyo State, taking the Commissioner of Police to three out of the five geo-political zones in the State.

In Ibadan the Oyo State capital, where the peace accord was first signed, the area command at Iwo Road hosted several politicians from various political parties, coming to commit to the peace accord.

The police boss in the State, who presided over the event, told all politicians and their party hierarchy that it would no longer be business as usual after the commitment to peace.

Katsina vowed that every breach of peace would be met with stiff penalties.

At the historic Oyo town, persons vying for Senatorial and House of Representatives seats all appended their signatures to the important document in the presence of Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operatios, Mr Musa Kimo and promised to abide by it in words and deeds.

The story was not different at Ogbomosho where National Assembly candidates from all the five Local Government Areas in the zone signed and promised to ensure peace during campaigns, during and after elections.

Meanwhile, the peace accord would also be signed by politicians in Oke Ogun and Ibarapa areas of the State during the week ahead.