Afenifere sets up panel to monitor activities of herdsmen


Peter Dada, Akure

In a bid to curb the incessant attack of herdsmen on the farmers in the South-West, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifer,e said it had set up a panel to monitor the activities of herdsmen in the region.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting of the association held at the residence of the leader of the group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday.

The communiqué was read to journalists by the publicity secretary of the group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin.

The group which condemned the menace of the herdsmen in the South-West and some other parts of the country, said the report of the panel would be shown to the international communities about the havoc the herdsmen were causing in the South-Western part of the country.

According to the communiqué, “ The herdmen can not continue to harass us, we are agrarian communities in the South-West, many of our people can not farm again because the herdsmen have taken over their farmlands , this can not continue and that must stop immediately.

“ To show our seriousness on this matter, we have empowered a panel to go round all the communities in the South-West where the herdsmen have been carrying out all kinds of havocs, to do an on-the-spot assessment and compile a documentary and report which we will not hesitate to tell the international communities to look at case if the Nigeria
government continues to prove that it is helpless or unwilling to tame the criminal activities of these Fulani herdsmen.”

On the recent communal clash between the Yoruba and Hausa communities in Ile Ife, osun State, the Afenifere said the police should desist from adding tribal coloration to the incident, reiterating that it was unfair for the police to be one-sided in the arrest of suspects in the communal clash.

Source: punch