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Northern elders ask herders to disregard Gov Akeredolu’s directive

In a statement on Wednesday, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, a spokesman of the forum, asked Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, to rescind the ultimatum given to herders to vacate forest reserves in the state.

He described the governor’s order as provocative and unhelpful.

On Monday, Akeredolu gave herders a seven-day ultimatum to leave the forests, citing the rising insecurity in the state.

The governor said “bad elements” have turned the forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.

But Baba-Ahmed said Fulanis will not accept unfair treatment, challenging the governor to isolate criminals and treat them as such.

“Northern Elders Forum is shocked at reports that Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is asking a Fulani community to leave its lawful location, in addition to other restrictions on activities of Fulani people who have lived in the State for a long period,” Baba-Ahmed said.

“Governor Akeredolu is a senior lawyer who should know that the constitution does not give him the power to deny any Nigerian the right to live where he chooses if he does not break the law in the process. His duty to protect and improve the security of citizens and all people in Ondo State cannot be challenged.

“No Nigerian has the power to take punitive action against citizens on political grounds. The forum believes that the action of the governor is provocative and unhelpful.

“If there are criminal elements among the Fulani who live in the state, the governor should take appropriate steps to identify them and deal with them. Similarly, the Fulani do not enjoy legal immunity in any part of Nigeria.

“The Fulani are subject to all laws and regulations and must respect the communities with which they live and interact. What is dangerous and unacceptable is to profile and demonize the Fulani and treat him outside the laws of the land like all other Nigerians.

“The Fulani community in Ondo state should stay put where they are and continue to be law-abiding.

“We call on Governor Akeredolu to rescind his order on the Fulani, or clarify his position in the event that he is misunderstood. For the avoidance of doubt, no Fulani anywhere in Nigeria will accept unfair and illegal treatment just for being Fulani.” TheCableng

How we survived herders’ superior firearms — Ekiti hunters

Some hunters alleged to have escaped the superior firearms of the rampaging herdsmen in Ekiti have narrated their ordeal while mourning the death of one of theirs, Emmanuel Ilori.

Ilori, 68, was allegedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on the night of June 28 at Orin Farm Settlement at Orin, Ekiti.
One of the hunters, Adeniyi Ajayi, said he and three others would have suffered same fate as late Ilori but for the providence.

The bereaved hunter described the late Ilori as a hero who actually sacrificed his life to save the community of possible more disaster.
Ajayi narrated: “I saw the unusual appearance in the farm while I was hunting that Friday night, and “I promptly put a call through to Baba as a leader. He called others on phone and eight of us, including him, headed to the place.”

Other hunters, Martins Dada, Ogundele Omiata and Biodun Awomayi, who corroborated Ajayi, said the deceased hunter called them to embark on the mission, saying that while others took position at different spots, Ilori and two others went to the spot where the suspected herders were in the abandoned piggery.

According to them, while the slain man attempted to dialogue with the suspected Fulani herdsmen, who according to them numbered about 30, they just opened fire on him while the other hunters scampered to safety because of the superior fireworks of the bandits.

Also speaking the state chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, Mr Kolawole Rotimi, said: “I want to say that losing a brave farmer like Mr Emmanuel Ilori is disheartening and discouraging. You cannot go to Orin Farm Settlement. This is part of what has bedeviled Yorubaland,’ he said.

Rotimi, who alleged that there was fear of Fulani herdsmen everywhere, said: “I’m calling on our traditional rulers in Yorubaland that farmers are no more secured in their farms and all the government efforts is going to be in jeopardy if there are herdsmen everywhere as threats to our lives and farms. We don’t want them anymore. Sambisa Forest can take all the herders in the country,” he said. (Daily Independent)
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