The Nigeria leader, President Muhammad Buhari has told Rotimi Akeredolu, the state governor of Ondo State, to flush out all criminals in the state, especially those in the forest reserves.
This order was contained in a statement signed by Donald Ojogo, the Ondo State Information Commissioner after the Governor meets with the President at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday.
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu failed to speak to State House correspondents at the end of his close doors meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock in Abuja
According to the statement, Governor Akeredolu briefed the Nigeria Leader, President regarding the precarious security situation in the South West region, especially his state during the meeting.
The meeting was centered on the issue of security in the Southwest and Ondo State in particular.
“It was a huge opportunity for the governor to put the records straight as regards the erroneous impression that Governor Akeredolu had asked all Fulani and herdsmen to vacate the state.
“The meeting afforded both leaders a great window to explore ingenious methods to tackle the issue of insecurity in the region.
“In particular, Governor Akeredolu sought and, indeed, obtained the President’s support and encouragement to flush out criminals in the forests of Ondo State.”
Following the high level of killings, kidnappings, and raping of women being committed by criminals hiding in forests across Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu the Ondo state Governor had given Fulani herdsmen a seven-day ultimatum to vacate the areas.
But in a swift reaction, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria cried out over the governor’s directive leading to Presidency’s statement through the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, and cautioning Akeredolu against the move, saying the herders cannot leave the forests for any reason.
And last Monday, the Charman of Nigerian Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi at a meeting said Akeredolu’s statement was misinterpreted.
Fayemi insisted that Governor Akaredolu cannot ask Fulani to vacate Ondo State.
The issue of insecurity allegedly being perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen has generated a lot of concerns in the Southwest in recent days.
Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba activist, had over the weekend made good his earlier threat on the eviction of the Fulani community from Igangan, a town in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State.
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