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Fayose backs Soyinka, security agents foil fresh invasion of Ondo council


Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has backed Prof. Wole Soyinka on his call for an organised resistance through the formation of informal organisations against the incursion of herdsmen.

He also called on his colleagues to adopt measures aimed at protecting their citizens.

In a statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said he was happy that prominent citizens were beginning to speak up against the wanton killings in parts of the country.

Clamouring for the protection of the citizens and their property at any cost, Fayose noted: “The comfort our leaders enjoy is momentary. But the sufferings he people may be permanent if they continue to behave as if nothing is happening.”

He disclosed that the state would retool local hunters to protect lives and their sources of livelihood.

Admitting that the herdsmen’s menace has become a major security and economic threat, the governor, however, noted that the Federal Government was doing little or nothing to nip the crisis in the bud.

Fayose maintained that those approaching the issue with ethnic and religious sentiments were not helping the country.

Meanwhile, security operatives have foiled a fresh attempt to invade the secretariat of Akure South Local Council Ondo State. The move comes barely 24 hours after the facility was invaded by suspected herdsmen.

Sanity has, however, returned to the area following the deployment of policemen and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The Guardian learnt that the anxiety followed the resistance by security personnel of three herdsmen who had attempted to force their way by commercial motorcycle into the secretariat.

A staff of the council, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that the secretariat’s rear entrance had been cordoned off since the Tuesday incident, noting that the herdsmen chose to ride through the main gate.

However, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, has decried the civil disturbances caused by cattle rearers nationwide, urging the Federal Government to decisively tackle menace.

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