Akeredolu cautions against resorting to self-help in clashes with herdsmen
Ondo State Government has appealed to residents of the state not to resort to self-help against killer-herdsmen terrorising their communities, urging them to report to security agencies in the face of provocations.
In a statement issued yesterday in Akure by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, the governor stressed that in the event of renewed herdsmen attacks and invasion of farmlands, residents should not resort to self-help.
He urged the residents, especially farmers, to report any attack or invasion of farmlands to the police, civil defence, the Amotekun Corps and other security agencies.
“No body is permitted to resort to self-help. This reinforced directive, which is the outcome of the State Security Council meeting is pertinent, following renewed hostilities between farmers and herders, which resulted in casualties in some boundary towns between Ondo and Edo states.
“Undoubtedly, the latest killings are barbaric and condemnable, even as efforts have been deepened to apprehend the culprits through inter-state co-operation and synergy.
“The state government, however, believes strongly that such situations are avoidable if security agencies are always afforded the opportunity to intervene before the escalation of violence,” the statement reads.
He urged the residents to adhere to the directive and trust the security agencies to enforce the provisions of the Anti-Open Grazing Law already in operation in the state.
“Henceforth, any confirmed report of self-help that impairs the operations of security agencies shall be viewed as unhelpful to government’s efforts at any given instance,” the statement added.