Ondo State government during a State Security Council meeting held in response to renewed hostilities between farmers and herders resulting in casualties in some boundary towns between Ondo and Edo states has called on residents to report any intrusion of farmlands and unauthorised grazing to the Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, South-West Security Network, codename Amotekun, and other security agencies.
The directive was disclosed on Wednesday by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo.
TOS NEWS reported how armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Ute in Ose Local Government Area of the state, killed three people and burnt down buildings overnight last Saturday.
The statement partly read, “Undoubtedly, the latest killings are barbaric and condemnable even as efforts have been deepened to apprehend the culprits through inter-state co-operation and synergy.
“Government, however, believes strongly that such situations are avoidable if security agencies are always afforded the opportunity to intervene before the escalation of violence.
“Residents are, therefore, urged to abide by this directive and trust in the capacity of our security agencies to enforce to the fullest, provisions of the Anti-open Grazing Law that is in operation in the state.
“Henceforth, any confirmed report of self-help that impairs the operations of security agencies shall be viewed as unhelpful to government’s efforts at any given instance.”