Governors of the South-West states in Nigeria have banned all forms of open grazing by herdsmen in the region amid increasing cases of banditry and kidnapping.
The governors took the decision following a meeting with leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as well as security chiefs in Akure, the Ondo state capital today Monday, January 25.
Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun State), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa State) and Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi State) were all in attendance.
Giving an update about the resolutions of the meeting, governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, in his Instagram page wrote;
Today, the SW governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, SW zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all parts of the South-West. In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies.
I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.