Did Governor Fayose Actually Banned Cattle Rearing In Ekiti State?
Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose yesterday outlawed cattle grazing and rearing across the state.
This followed last Friday’s night attack on Oke Ako Ekiti, a town in Ikole local government area of the state by some rampaging herdsmen who allegedly killed two residents of the community.
The governor who announced the ban during his condolence visit to the town advised those interested in cattle rearing in the state to get their own private cattle ranches.
Governor Fayose added that a bill to make movement of cattle from one location to another criminal in the state will soon be sent to the State House of Assembly without delay.
While maintaining that the ban takes immediate effect, he warned that government would henceforth confiscate any cattle seen being moved around in any part of the state from ranch created for them by their owners.
“The Fulani herdsmen that killed two Oke Ako residents and injured many others are agents of the devil that must be fished out and punished accordingly.”
According to him,“I have come here to commiserate with the people of Oke-Ako over the murder of two of our people by these Fulani herdsmen.
“I am also here to assure that this will be the last time our communities will be invaded by Fulani herdsmen under whatever guise.
“No more movement of cattle from one location to another in the state and any cattle seen anywhere in Ekiti State apart from the ranch created for them by their owners will be confiscated by the government and their owners will be prosecuted.
“A bill to this effect will be sent to the House of Assembly for passage into law to criminalise cattle owners whose cattle are found moving from one location to the other in the state.
“It is our duty to protect our people and we are going to do that without fear or favour”, Fayose said. The sum of N5million and a brand new bus was donated by the governor to local hunters in the community to complement efforts of security agents already deployed in the town.
He also announced donation of a sum of N2.5m to families of the two men that lost their lives to the invasion.
What do you think, is this the right step in the right direction?