OYSG Raises Committee on Fulani Herdsmen/Farmers Crisis – Abolarinwa

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Oyo State Government has raised stakeholder committees to look into the crisis of the Bororo Fulani herdsmen and farmers crisis in the state.
Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Security, Mr. Olusegun Abolarinwa dropped this hint in Ibadan on Friday while speaking on the activities of the state government towards averting incessant clashes between the Fulani Bororo herdsmen and farmers in Oyo state.
Mr Abolarinwa pointed out that the stakeholder committees will be at both the state and across the 33 local government levels in the state.
He declared that for now “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 and in the interim, the state government has taken proactive steps to constitute committees at both the state & local levels comprising security agencies, chairmen of local councils, farmers associations, committee of Fulani’s, Miyetti  Allah cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria, Seriki Hausawa,  community leaders and relevant stake holders in the community.”
He stated further that Governor Abiola has directed the Special Adviser on Community Relations and the Senior Special Assistant on Security, to address the crisis erupting in the religion 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 Bororo herdsmen.
The Special Adviser on Security maintained  that the crisis was as a result of lacing farms with poison by some farmer in a bid to retaliate on the Fulani whose cows destroyed their farm lands and trampled on them.
Mr Abolarinwa however pleaded with the aggrieved parties not to take laws into their hands as the state government has put adequate measures in place to strengthen the security of the state with the joint security patrol, procurement of armored personnel carriers (APC) for the state police command, procurement of Hilux vehicle for the security agencies and rendering various forms of assistance to the security agencies in the state.

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