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Police read riot act to herdsmen over killings in Ondo

By Dayo Johnson

Akure—WORRIED by  the menace of Fulani herdsmen, the Ondo State Police Command has read a riot act against further bloodshed.

The state Police Commissioner Hilda Harrison, who met with Hausa/Fulani farmers, traditional leaders, village heads and Miyyatti Allah, in Akure said the bloodbath should stop.

Harrison pointed out that the police command would no longer tolerate the activities of trouble makers in the state.

She warned against anybody trying to cause problem, just as she urged the stakeholders to work together and shun violence.

The Police chief said “all of you are aware of the recent problem and challenges facing the state . I am almost a month old in the state, persons have been reportedly killed on farmlands, kidnapped, murdered on the road. There is no need for us to fight one another because we need one another to survive. We need to work together to achieve sustainable peace in our state. We must pursue peace.”

She noted that a “register would be opened with the village heads, community leaders and major stakeholders. For them to ensure that anybody entering their territory  must have to sign the register. The person must be known to the community or village heads for security reasons.”

“Herdsmen must be known to the heads of their Communities in the localities where they operate. We must all realize that we are all created by God and as such need to give peace a chance,“ she noted.

Besides, the Commissioner warned that “any community or village head that allows herdsmen after signing register with them to carry out nefarious activities would be held accountable.”



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