By Aderemi Bamgbose, Okitipupa (Ondo State)/Adedeji Egbebi
Oye-Ekiti (Ekiti state) Jan. 23, 2021
Ondo South Senatorial District representative at the National Assembly, Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, has said that there is need for the Ondo Government to make a law for genuine herders and farmers to register with the state government.
Tofowomo, in a statement signed by his media Aide, Olumide Akinrinlola, on Saturday said that the move would separate genuine businessmen from criminals in the forests.
This is as the Chairman of Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti state, Mr Foluso Ojo, advised farmers to be vigilant and security conscious whenever they are on their farms.
Ojo gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Oye-Ekiti, saying security challenges in the country warrant vigilance at all times.
Senator Tofowomo said: “I congratulate Akeredolu for taking a bold step against criminal activities in the state and I join my voice with all the positive and good people in support of the decision.
“While declaring my total support for the decision, I urge him to take a step further to make it a law to ensure the registration of herdsmen and farmers who are into genuine businesses.
“The State House of Assembly should package a law to put an end to banditry and kidnapping being orchestrated by the bad eggs that are hiding under the guise of herdsmen.
“With the law, criminals will be separated from those doing genuine businesses in Ondo State,” he said.
Ojo, on his part, said that the farmers must be aware of the security challenges and ensure that they are vigilant whenever they are busy working on their farms.
The chairman said that he has held several meetings with the various security agencies in the local government and they are committed to keeping the people safe.
“I want to urge the residents of the communities under the Oye local government area of Ekiti, especially farmers to be security conscious.
“Farmers are those people who are always busy working in their farms which are located inside the thick bushes and forests. I want to advise them to be watchful.
“I have held meetings with the Nigerian Police, the military, the Peace Corps and the vigilante groups, they are ready to assist us to keep our people safe from kidnapping, banditry among other criminal acts.
“Both the local government and the state government are equally working hard together with the newly established Amotekun officers to ensure that all the kidnappers tormenting the people are arrested.
“I want to urge the community leaders to assist the local government and report strange persons or group of persons in their community to the police in due time for proper investigation.
“My administration is passionate about the security of lives and properties and we will continue to ensure that kidnapping, banditry and other criminal acts are eliminated from our communities.
Ojo urged traditional rulers to continue to sensitise their people on the need to always be security conscious.