Kwara govt warns against banditry over recent influx of herdsmen

In its bid to ensure that peace reign between the cattle breeders and the people of the state, the Kwara State government, on Sunday, held a meeting with Fulani herdsmen to caution them against banditry in the wake of a recent influx of cattle breeders from neighboring Southwest States.

The Special Assistant to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Herdsmen and Community Outreach, Aisha Aliyu-Baruten, gave this advice in Ilorin while addressing members of the Fulani Community in the state.

The meeting, according to Aisha, was organised because of the influx of Fulanis from various parts of the country and beyond who are ran for safety due to crisis between farmers and Fulani in their former abodes.

The governor’s aide called on cattle breeders’ leaders in the state to embrace modern livestock rearing to prevent further clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

“l call on all Fulanis presently residing in the state to demonstrate a peaceful and harmonious relationship with everybody to sustain the peace and harmony the state is known for,” Ms. Aliyu-Baruten added.

Ms. Aliyu-Baruten advised all cattle breeders residing in the state to shun promoters of violence or criminal activities and urged law enforcement agents to deal with anybody caught committing a crime, and expressed her gratitude to AbdulRazaq for investing in sustaining peace and security in the state.

The governor’s representative at the meeting and former senator representing Kwara South senatorial district, Sen. Suleiman Ajadi, attributed negative acts perpetrated by herdsmen to external influence.

He called on the herdsmen to fish out bad elements for peace and harmony to continue to reign in the state.

The representative of the Commissioner of Police in the state, SP Aregbe Toyin, also urged the herdsmen and other residents to continue to be law-abiding.

The meeting was attended by all cattle breeders’ leaders from all the 16 local government areas of the state and neighbouring Osun.

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