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Governors, Miyetti Allah Agree To Ban Open Grazing In Southwest Nigeria

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in South-West Nigeria says governors from the geopolitical zone and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have resolved to ban open grazing across the zone.

There has been unease in the Southwest with killings and kidnappings believed to be carried out by herdsmen.

While the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, issued an ultimatum for herders to leave the state’s forest reserves, Makinde condemned an ultimatum issued to herders by a youth leader known as Sunday Igboho.

A meeting, which had Southwest governors, Kebbi and Jigawa States’ governors, security agencies, MACBAN leaders, and other stakeholders in attendance, held on Monday. It was convened to resolve the crises.

Makinde said security agencies will continue to implement Oyo’s anti-open grazing law after the stakeholders collectively resolved to ban the practice.

MACBAN leaders

Speaking via his Twitter handle, he vowed not to permit criminality as a response to criminal actions.

“Today, the SW governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, SW zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria,” the governor wrote in a tweet.

“Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all parts of the south west. In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies.

“I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.”

Last week, Makinde charged the police to go after criminals stoking ethnic tensions in Oyo.

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