Governor (Dr.) Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Chairman of NGF (l) and Some Other State Governors in Akure Photo: NewsWireNgr

Insecurity: Governors resolve to ban open and night grazing across states in Nigeria

*The Nigeria Governors’ Forum says there is a need to build partnership for peace and security with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, and jointly wage war against criminality in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the increasing spate of insecurity of lives and property across the country in recent times, Governors of the South-West have agreed to ban all forms of open and night grazing across states within the region.

The states’ chief executives issued their resolve Monday, January 25 at a meeting between the governors from the South-West region and the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), held in Akure, Ondo State capital.

Governor (Dr.) Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), said it was resolved at the meeting that night grazing should be banned in the region henceforth.

The NGF Chairman in a communiqué after the meeting stated the Forum also decided that under age herding is inimical to security and hence should be proscribed.

Fayemi disclosed it was also agreed that occupation of State Forest Reserves illegally will not be condoned.

It was also gathered the meeting between the governors and MACBAN leaders became imperative, following the executive order of Arakunrin Oluwarotim Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, to the Fulani Herdsmen illegally occupying the State Forest Reserves to vacate within seven days with effect from Monday.

Dr. Fayemi as well emphasised in the communiqué that the NGF agreed the order of the Ondo Governor was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media.

According to him, no one had sent anyone away from any state or region, but all hands must be on deck to fight criminality in Nigeria.

While he acknowledged efforts of the country’s security agencies at trying to stem the tide of criminality in the country, Fayemi said they must step up their efforts in the fight.

“There is the need to build partnership for peace and security with MACBAN and jointly wage war against criminality,” the governor stated.

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