Oyo statement government has decided to proffer a lasting solution to Fulani-herders/farmers’ crises which have become a recurring decimal in the state. Vanguard reports that the state police commissioner Abiodun Odude organised a reconciliatory meeting at the police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan where all the stakeholders rubbed minds on the issues.
The head of farmers in Ibarapa local government area of the state, Oyinlola Bolanle explained why the farmers decided to poison their crops to prevent cattle from destroying them.
According to him, ”When issues occur between farmers and Fulani herdsmen, the security agents always do the bidding of the pastoralists because they have more money than the farmers. ”There was a case here at Ayete when a farmer reported that cows had destroyed his farm; at the end, that farmer was made to pay N250,000 to the herder. ”When we knew that we would not get justice from any quarters, we then resorted to using poison to protect our farms.
”It is because our government doesn’t want to spend on agriculture. If they want to spend, they can get CCTV cameras installed in rural areas. This will enable us to know who to hold responsible when their cattle destroy our farms. ”Also, our House of Assembly members should promulgate a law that would check the excesses of these herders and when such law is in operation, they should monitor its implementation.”
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