Oyo State Government plans to establish a Special Surveillance Squad under the State Joint Task Force to address the prevailing clashes of herdsmen and farmers in the state.
The State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi stated this at a stakeholders meeting organized by the State Government as part of plans to proffer lasting solution to Herdsmen/farmer menace.
Radio Nigeria correspondent reports that the meeting held in Ibadan was attended by herdsmen, farmers and security agencies in the state.
Despite several efforts by the State Government to curb incessant cases of farmers/herdsmen clashes, fresh cases were recently reported in some parts of the state, especially the killing of a security operative in Saki and a seventy-one year old man in Iseyin town.
Governor Ajimobi said the Special Surveillance Team would henceforth monitor the activities of herdsmen and farmers across the state to prevent further clashes.
He disclosed that the State Government would register all herdsmen in the state along with their cattle, noting that any herdsman caught in possession of gun would face the wrath of the law.
The Governor also hinted on the plan of the State Government to establish ranches as another means of ending farmers/herdsmen clashes.
Speaking on behalf of Heads of Security Operatives in the state, Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Odude revealed that about nine cases of deaths related to herdsmen/farmers clashes have been recorded in the last two weeks.
Mr Odude gave an assurance that Security Operatives in the state were up to the task of maintaining peace and order, while appealing to all stakeholders to embrace peace in the interest of the state.
Secretary, Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders, Oyo State, Sanni Awa admitted that some herdsmen were guilty of criminal acts, but maintained that they were different from those who had lived in the communities for long.
State Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Mr Amos Ajigbesin and Chairman, Agbekoya group, Oyo state, Mr Azeez Akekaka commended the State Government on its efforts at ensuring peace and urged them not to relent in order not to discourage farming activities in the state.