Gov Fayose Ayodele of Ekiti State has reportedly banned grazing and rearing of cattle in the state, saying those interested in cattle farming should get their own private cattle ranch.
The governor, who is the first ever state executive to take such a drastic measure in the country, declared this when he visited Oke-Ako, adding that a bill to curtail the movement of cattle from one location to another in the state would soon be sent to the State House of Assembly.
This is coming after Fulani herdsmen allegedly invaded Oke-Ako in Ikole local government area of the State on Friday, killing two residents of the town and injuring others.
Commiserating with the people of Oke-Ako over the murder of two of its people by the Fulani herdsmen, Gov Fayose said:
“We will not leave our lands for Fulani herdsmen and in a system where the leadership of the country looks the other way while our people are being killed, we will have no option than to defend ourselves by whatever means
“I am also here to assure that this will be the last time your community will be invaded by Fulani herdsmen under whatever guise. I have directed that cattle rearing and grazing should stop in Ekiti State and those interested in cattle farming should henceforth do so in their own cattle ranch.“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 House of Assembly for passage into law to criminalize cattle owners whose cattle are found moving from one location the other in the State.”
“It is our duty to protect our people and we are going to do that without fear or favour,” he added.