Emerging report indicates that 37 Fulani herdsmen, and about 5,000 cows, were on Thursday, ejected from the Forest Reserves across Ondo State.
The Herders who were ejected by the Operatives of Amotekun Corps, were accused of flouting the earlier order of the Governor of the State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, that herdsmen grazing in the Forest Reserves should either register with the appropriate Agencies, or vacate the Reserves.
Recall, that about two weeks ago, Governor Akeredolu had stopped night and under-age grazing in the State, as part of measures to curb the prevailing security situation in Ondo State.
Confirming the operation, the State Commander of Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, said that the eviction will be total, as most of the Herders had vowed not to comply with the registration order of the State Government.
He disclosed that the Herders were flushed out of the Ala, Oda, and Ofosu Forests Reserves of the State, to neighbouring States.
His words: “Some of them have opted to leave the State, because they could not meet with our terms and conditions.
“They came through the Chairman of Miyetti Allah in the State. Some opted to go to Osun, Edo, and Kogi States. So our men escorted them to the boundaries of those States. We have to monitor their movements out of the State, so that they would not destroy farms on their way out.
“About 37 herders with about 5,000 cows ejected.”