Ekiti governor, Ayodele Fayose has said the Federal Government should be held responsible if herdsmen attack residents of the state.
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria had said the introduction of anti-grazing marshals by the state would lead to trouble.
MACBAN also alleged that five cattle belonging to its member were killed by the newly inaugurated Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshal.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, Fayose said the seized cattle will only be handed over to the owners after fines are paid.
The governor also indicted the Federal Government for not condemning the group’s threat.
He urged his people to be prepared to defend their land against the herdsmen.
He said, “The silence of the federal government has no doubt further confirmed the insinuation that there is plot to give tacit support to the herdsmen to invade some border towns and villages in Ekiti State and cause chaos in the State so as to justify the evil agenda of declaration of a state of emergency on the State.”
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