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Fulani Herdsmen Governor Mimiko raises alarm over attacks in Ondo state

This is coming on the heels of alleged attacks by Fulani herdsmen on the farm of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, and the killing of his security guard, Ayodele Ige.

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Governor Olusegun Mimiko has called on President Buhari to look into the continuous attacks by Fulani herdsmen across Nigeria.

This is coming on the heels of alleged attacks by Fulani herdsmen on the farm of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, and the killing of his security guard, Ayodele Ige.

Mimiko said “There is no question about the fact that this is becoming a monster of sort. I have had cause to express my view on this on many occasions and I think we all ignore this menace as a nation.

“I can see us moving towards a precipice and we must do something about it as early as possible, it is getting dangerous, the audacity is very disturbing.”

The Governor called on members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the state not to take laws into their hands.

Mimiko also said “I say it again, we are moving towards the precipice and the earlier we pull back, and it requires all the stakeholders from the president and this is a bi-partisan issue, all major stakeholders must come together on how to resolve this issue.

“These herdsmen must be called to order, these wanton destructions, audacious incursions in other people’s territory cannot continue for too long.”

Adding that “It is very ironical, we have been talking about diversification and agriculture is the main focus but in this state there is hardly any medium scale or large scale farmers that has not had any encounter or the other with the herdsmen.

“They just go to the farm and devastate the farms, some of them have been turned to perpetual debtors because some of the input for the farms are from bank loans , the herdsmen will just get there and destroy these farmlands and we are talking of diversification.

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“But I think if we don’t do anything about the activities of these herdsmen, I can see a threat to the security of this country so it is a major challenge and I think the President and all major stakeholders should take this as a very serious challenge.”

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has also warned Fulani herdsmen in the state not to cause any trouble.

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