Ogun State Police Command has faulted a statement credited to the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) that herdsmen had laid siege to the Southwest, including Ogun State
The state police command said that adequate security necessary measures had been put in place to guarantee safety of lives and property as well as prevent herdsmen – farmers clash.
In a statement issued in Abeokuta, the state capital, the command’s spokesman, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi said the state had not recorded herdsmen-farmers clash in a long time due to proactive security initiatives of the command.
“Ogun State Police Command being an integral part of the South-West, wishes to set the record straight on the lingering herdsmen-farmers’ clashes across the country as it relates to Ogun State.
“The Command admits that there had been past incidents of herdsmen-farmers clash in the state, however, the incidents were few and far in-between. “Also, none was serious enough to have placed the state under siege as they were expeditiously and amicably resolved”.
”There are also existing committees comprising representatives of the stakeholders that monitor the activities of herdsmen and farmers and enforce mutually agreed sanctions against acts capable of breaching existing understanding and public peace.’’
Oyeyemi urged YCE not to use a recent clash between herdsmen and farmers in Iwoye Ketu in Imeko Afon Local Government on May 1, 2019 to judge the state.
”Attempt by the natives to stop the herdsmen from further polluting the stream resulted in a fight in which casualties were recorded on both sides. On receiving the information, the Command as usual, swiftly moved into the scene and brought the situation under control. Six herdsmen who were suspected to have direct involvement in the fracas were arrested and have since been arraigned. Normalcy has since been restored to the community and everybody is going about his or her legitimate business without hindrance or any form of molestation.
”The Command therefore wishes to reassure the YCE and indeed the entire citizens of Ogun state that the police will continue to monitor the activities of herdsmen in Ogun state to encourage lawful conduct of their legitimate activities”.
”The Command will be courageous in taking decisions that will measure up to justice, equity and good conscience. Ogun State under the watch of police command will never come under the siege of herdsmen or any other groups with such sinister intentions”.