Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has ordered herdsmen to vacate all forest reserves in the state within the next seven days.
The Governor, who made the proclamation via his official Twitter page said the order had become imperative due to the increasing incidents of kidnap cases in the state.
“These unfortunate incidents are traceable to the activities of some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen,” Akeredolu said. “These felons have turned our forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom, and carrying out other criminal activities.”
The Governor also banned night-grazing with immediate effect “because most farm destruction takes place at night.”
“Movement of cattle within cities and highways is prohibited,” he added. “Under-aged grazing of cattle is outlawed.
“Our resolution to guarantee safety of lives and property within the State shall remain utmost as security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban.”
The Governor noted that his administration “will give a grace period of seven days for those who wish to carry on with their cattle-rearing business to register with appropriate authorities.”
Earlier, gunmen have shot and killed a Deputy Registrar of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Ondo State, Dr. Amos Arijesuyo.
Dr. Arijesuyo was said to have been attacked by gunmen last Saturday in his private vehicle along the Ilesa-Akure road.
He died of injuries from the gunshots.
A statement by the Deputy Director, Corporate Communications of the university, Adegbenro condemned the attack on the Registrar.
“The University condemns in the strongest terms this senseless attack that has led to the untimely death of an erudite University administrator and counsellor per excellence. Dr. Arijesuyo’s death is a big loss to FUTA, the academic community in Nigeria, and beyond.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with the wife, children and family members of our departed colleague at this difficult period of unquantifiable grief.
“May the Good Lord grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable and painful loss and grant the deceased eternal repose.”