You don’t know who you are dealing with – Presidency tells Buhari’s attackers


The Kayode Oladele-led Committee on Farmer/Herders Conflict in Ogun State has submitted its report to Governor Dapo Abiodun.

DAILY POST reports that Gov Abiodun received the report in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Thursday.

Oladele, who led other members of the committee to submit the report, noted that farmers/herders clashes were the major security challenges facing the State.

According to him, the crisis had negative impact on food security and bring hardship to the inhabitants of the affected areas.

With the clashes, which have claimed many lives, Oladele affirmed that people’s “sources of livelihood have been destroyed.”

The Chairman pointed out that the committee, in carrying out its assignment, adopted a participatory approach where traditional rulers, community leaders, victims and their relatives as well as other relevant stakeholders were involved.

He stated that the report included implementable recommendations would go a long way in finally settling the crisis once and for all.

In his reaction, Gov Abiodun vowed that never again would the people of the State allow misunderstanding descend into violence as witnessed in the relationship between indigenes and settlers in all the communities in Ogun.

Abiodun wondered what would have caused disaffection among host communities and settlers, leading to a face-off, loss of lives, properties, livelihood.

The Governor affirmed that many sustained various degree of wounds in the three affected local government areas – Imeko/Afon, Yewa North and Yewa South.

He said the Committee was set up with a mandate to find out the immediate and remote cause of the crisis, quantify the loses from all sides and come up with recommendations on how government could pre-emptive similar occurrences in the future, saying now that we have resolved this “never again should such dastardly skirmishes be allowed.”

According to the Governor, “this Committee was set up by government to basically look into what happened, quantify the losses from both sides and make recommendations to government on how to pre-empt similar conflict from occurring in the future.

“We realised that this axis has a communication problem which prevented our people from communicating especially in times of crisis. We are solving this problem because telecommunication companies have started erecting their masts and very soon communication will improve in these areas”.

A joint security outfit, made of the military, police, civil defence, local hunters, as well as operatives of Amotekun, was drafted to maintain peace in the areas.

Source: Daily Post Nigeria

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