Governor of Ekiti Ayodele Fayose has given herdsmen in the state a 14-day ultimatum to register with the state government.
Fayose made this known on Thursday during the signing of an agreement between the state government and Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Ado Ekiti.
He noted that herdsmen in the state would have to register with their traditional rulers.
He said, ”You are all my brothers and there is no reason to trouble you. Many among you have been here for long and your families are here too. What we are doing today is to ensure peaceful relationship between you, your host communities and the state government.
“Those killed in Oke Ako are gone and can’t be alive again and we should not allow a repeat of such terrible incident. We are not asking for much, just for you to obey our law.The law is not targeted at those who obey the law. You have to register with the traditional ruler of your host community.
”It is you who will inform the monarch of new faces coming to join you or pretending to be herdsmen. Going armed will not be tolerated. No form of weapon is allowed in Ekiti State for cattle rearing. A company will be monitoring your activities from the air. They have done air surveillance of Ijero Forest Reserve and we saw some buildings deep down the forest. We must all be security conscious,” he noted.
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