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Police, others condemn attacks on herders communities

By Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta

The Ogun State Police Command has condemned attacks and destruction of herdsmen’s settlements and communities in Yewa and other parts of the state in the last three days.

The command says it is unlawful and unconstitutional to deny fellow Nigerians the right to live in any part of the country and pursue their legitimate businesses, including cattle rearing.

It, however, called on herdsmen to avoid destruction of farmlands, which has been identified as the reason behind the unending disharmony and clashes with farmers and host communities.

In a release on Friday by the Command’s Public Relations Officer,  Abimbola Oyeyemi, he called on farmers, herdsmen and the entire Yoruba and Fulani communities in Yewa and across the state  to fish out criminals, especially herdsmen visiting from other states and neighboring countries, allegedly creating tension perpetually amongst them.

Abimbola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), however noted that the “wanton destruction of farmlands by cattle, kidnapping and raping of women as well as reprisal attacks on Fulani settlements were unanimously condemned as criminal and unacceptable, irrespective of the status, tribe or nationality of the perpetrators” during stakeholders  meeting on Thursday at the palace of Alaye of Ayetoro.

According to him, the Command has arrested some suspects in connection with the recent incidents and will make example of them to serve as deterrent to others while the kingpins, procurers and counsellors of these hoodlums will also be fished out to face the law.

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Source: The Nation

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