Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has handed a seven day ultimatum to herdsmen to immediately vacate the Ondo forest reserves.
Akeredolu who is angry concerning the criminal activities of the herdsmen in the state disclosed this on Monday in Akure, the state capital as he stated that his administration will no longer watch as the herdsmen continue to cause chaos in the state through their criminal activities.
He said: “Recent security trends attest that these times require all hands to be on the deck as the difficulties we face are dire. The challenges are quite enormous, but we are determined to confront them head-on.
“We decided that all the criminal elements who hide under various guises to aid the destruction of farmlands as well as perpetuate other violent crimes such as kidnapping, drug peddling and other nefarious activities, must be stamped out of our dear State.
“We have cases of several attacks on our people by these mindless elements. You will recall the gruesome murder of one of the members of the Ondo State Traditional Council who was caught in the web of the devious plans of these workers of evil on his way back to his domain.
“While we were still grieving, other kidnap attempts were made on the lives of road users across the State, especially along our boundaries and hinterland.”
Akeredolu also placed a ban on night-grazing and movement of cattle within cities and highways in Ondo as he also banned under-aged grazing of cattle.
He added: “In its usual magnanimity, our administration will give a grace period of seven days for those who wish to carry on with their cattle-rearing business to register with appropriate authorities.”