Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has placed a 90-day ban on grazing in Odighi, Odiguetue communities and environs in the state. According to the governor, the action would serve as an interim measure to forestall further killings and destruction of property in the tensed areas. Obaseki slammed the ban during a meeting with members of Odighi, Owan and Odigwuetue communities, held at the palace of the Enogie of Odighi community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state. The governor said the ban had become necessary to forestall further killings, as it is the duty of his administration to protect lives and property of the people of the state.
“We have set up a special task-force made up of the army, Police, Department of State Services, hunters and vigilante groups to comb the bushes and dislodge squatter camps of killer herdsmen and ensure that no grazing takes place in Odighi, Odiguetue communities and environs.” He added that within two weeks, the task-force would go round the affected communities to get information that would help dislodge the criminals, who posed as herdsmen in the forest.
Obaseki noted that “before now Fulani herdsmen were known for carrying sticks around to control their cattle” but “today some of them have become criminals carrying guns everywhere.” He said there was the need to separate herdsmen from cattle rustlers, who steal cattle, invade farms, rape and kill people, and assured the people that efforts were being made to identify the real herdsmen in the state.
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