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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has urged Ekiti people to defend their lands against herdsmen following threats of reprisal attack from Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders.

Fayose hit back at the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, as he has reportedly challenged the people to be on alert and defend their lands from the herdsmen.

Speaking on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Fayose said: “I am therefore using this opportunity to put Ekiti people, especially residents of border towns in the State on red alert. Ekiti people must be prepared to defend their land against these Philistines whose attributes and characters are extremism, violence, bloodshed and destruction.

The governor also reiterated that the anti-grazing law in the state has come to stay saying: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti State Bill, 2016 that was signed into law on August 29, 2016 remains in force."

”Therefore, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria should rather tell its members to comply with this law by seeking for the government designated land for grazing ranch, which the government is always willing to give,” Fayose declared.

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The cattle breeders association in Nigeria had in a statement threatened a reprisal attack following an alleged attack on some herdsmen and cows in Ekiti State.

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