Herdsmen in Oyo State has been charged by the Deputy Chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas, Oba Francis Alao, who is also the Olugbon of Prime Igbon to obey the anti-open grazing law put in place by the state government.
Oba Alao stated this during an interview with Punch in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The monarch started that no government would fold it’s arms and allow people break the law.
He added that although Nigeria’s Constitution allows Nigerians to live anywhere they want to live, that section of the constitution is not a licence for anybody to break the law.
Oba Alao noted that Governor Seyi Makinde government put the anti-open grazing law in place to end the crisis between herdsmen and farmers.
He warned that any violator of the law would be dealt with irrespective of their ethnic background or religious beliefs.
The Olugbon said, “What I will tell them ( herdsmen) is that in as much as the law permits every Nigerian to live wherever those choose to live within Nigeria, that does not give them the room to be lawless.”
“The anti-open grazing law has been passed and if anybody violates the law, the law enforcement agents will catch up with such a person. Such will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”
“The Fulani leaders in Oyo State communicated with us the outcome of the meeting they had with the commissioner of police. They are monitoring their people. The state government, the Oyo State Police Command and traditional rulers are working together to there is peace in every part of the state.”
“Whoever violates the law, the law enforcement agents will catch him or her and will face the consequence.”
Olugbon further stated that the state government and security agencies are working to ensure that Igangan is peaceful at all times.
He said, “The governor went to Ibarapa and I believe he saw things himself and the people must have told him the problems, the situation will return back to normal in the area and in every part of the state.”
In a related development, suspected herdsmen, has slaughtered a farmer identified as Dele Olowoniyi, while asleep in a farm settlement at Oha village, Imeko, in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.
It was gathered that the deceased was discovered by his wife with machete cuts in his neck and other parts of the body on Sunday.