The Deji and paramount ruler of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi has condemned the invasion and abrupt disruption of activities at the Secretariat of the Akure South Local Government by herdsmen, saying it is high time federal government tackled the menace of rampaging herdsmen in the country.
The monarch in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Michael Adeyeye, Oba Aladelusi described the activities of the herdsmen who overran the council and equally destroy the farm belonging to the council as “barbaric ,provocative and an attempt to stir up trouble in the peaceful city of Akure.”
Oba Aladetoyinbo wondered why the herdsmen would have chosen to lead their cattle to graze on the farmland belonging to the council if not an attempt to create crisis in town.
The monarch said, the herdsmen went as far as injuring staffs of the council who had made frantic efforts to prevent the wanton destruction carried out on the farm.
His words, “It is sad that no major arrest or prosecution had been made by the Police since the attack on Chief Olu Falae’s farm, now the arsonists who parade themselves as herdsmen now target the local government as their next point of call.
“I wish to call on President Muhammadu Buhari not to treat the issue of these notorious herdsmen with kid gloves as their activities are becoming worrisome and unbearable. Akure people can no longer tolerate the excesses of these herdsmen who are now making live unbearable with their nefarious attitudes.
“I wish to make passionate appeal to the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who is the Chief Security Officer of the State to take proactive measure in curbing the menace.
“I call on the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police and all the Security agencies to take more decisive action and ensure that the arsonists are brought to justice. It is important to act now to avoid self defence by our people once we are left with no option.”