Ondo protesters back Akeredolu’s vacation order to violent herdsmen

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Protesters took to the streets to demonstrate in support of the vacation order to herdsmen by Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State.

Mr Akeredolu had earlier in the week issued a seven days ultimatum to herders to either register with the state government or vacate forests reserves in the state.

He said this was to checkmate rising insecurity in the state which testimonials from kidnap victims points to herdsmen residing in bushes as arrowheads.

While his directive has been condemned by the presidency, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) urged its kinsmen not to adhere to the order but rather remain where they are.

Demonstrating on Thursday with placards in support of the governor’s order are drivers, farmers and forest guards at the state capital, Akure.

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Jacob Adejo, chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers who addressed journalists said commercial drivers were no longer safe in the state due to the alleged terror acts of the herders.

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