Law-Abiding Herdsmen, Others Welcome in Ogun – Amosun - NATIONAL TRUMPET


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Law-Abiding Herdsmen, Others Welcome in Ogun – Amosun

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State said have made it clear that all Nigerians, including herdsmen, are free to enter the state provided they are law-abiding.

The government also directed local government areas where there are herdsmen and farmers crises to embark on enumeration of residents and visitors to know the people in the area.

Governor Amosun who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Taiwo Adeoluwa, stated these during chat with journalists  after the States’ Security Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office, Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta today Wednesday.

He also warned that the government would not hesitate to invoke the recently passed anti – land-grabbing law to curtail the menace of herdsmen in the state.

According to the SSG, the state government would strengthen its conflict resolution committee established in 2012 to make it achieve more success.

He said the government and security agencies would take a closer look at the activities of the trans-border pasturialists who were responsible for most of the attacks in the state.

“All Nigerians would be welcome in Ogun State but there are laws and rules that every stakeholder, every visitor, every herdsman and every farmer must comply with.

“The one that is very key in the packs of local laws is what we call the land grabber law but the correct title is Prohibition of Forcible Occupation of Land and other Properties Law.

“The council also took note that this law already provides for most of the contemporary challenges that confronts us today as far as herdsmen, settlers and farmers are concerned.

“Council reaffirmed government determination to continue to fully implement this law which already prohibits forcible entry on lands.

“Council decided that for us in Ogun State, we want everybody from all parts of the country and even outside but we will continue to insist that our laws be respected and obeyed.

“Our existing conflict resolution committee is a standing committee that has been put in place since 2012 when the crisis first arose and we have decided to further strengthen the committee.”

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