Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has banned grazing and rearing
of cattle in the State, saying those interested in cattle farming
should get their own private cattle ranch and that a bill to make
movement of cattle from one location to another criminal in the State
will soon be sent to the State House of Assembly.
Governor Fayose, who made this known when he visited Oke-Ako in Ikole
local government area of the State that was invaded last Friday by
Fulani herdsmen that killed two residents of the town and injured
others, warned that government will henceforth confiscate any cattle
seen anywhere in the State apart from ranch created for them by their
He described the Fulani herdsmen that attacked Oke-Ako and other
communities in the country as “agents of the devil that must be fished
out and punished accordingly.”
The governor 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.”
He said; “I have come here to commiserate with the people of Oke-Ako
over the murder of two of our people by these evil Fulani herdsmen.
“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 criminalise cattle owners whose cattle are found moving
from one location the other in the State.
“If President Mohammadu Buhari, who is the patron of the Miyetti Allah
Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has refused to call
the herdsmen to order, we in Ekiti will no longer harbour herdsmen who
go about killing our people, destroying our farmlands and raping our
“If the same President Buhari that was so concerned about the killing
of Fulani herdsmen in in Saki, Oke Ogun Area of Oyo State such that
he, as a private citizen led Arewa to Ibadan on October 13, 2000, to
confront the then Governor of Oyo State, late Alhaji Lam Adesina is
now keeping silent when the same herdsmen are killing our people, we
must rise and defend ourselves.”
“It is our duty to protect our people and we are going to do that
without fear or favour.
The governor reiterated that activities of the Fulani Herdsmen was
inimical to the revival of agriculture in the country saying; “one
wonders how Nigerians can go back to farming when those already in the
farms are losing billions of naira worth of crops to destruction of
their farmlands by the Fulani Herdsmen and the Federal Government is
not doing anything about it.”