Southwest hunters have vowed to keep the people of the region safe from rampaging herdsmen – The hunters said they would no longer sit by and watch the unprovoked attacks by the herders
Governor Seyi Makinde has been urged by the hunters to engage them in curbing crimes in Oyo state, promising to give his government the necessary support in the area of security Hunters in southwest region of Nigeria say they would stop further attacks on their people by herdsmen. According to the Hunters Association of Nigeria, they would no longer sit by and watch the unprovoked attacks by the herders on travellers and other people in the zone. Vanguard reports that the warning was given by the coordinator of hunters in the southwest, Dr Nureni Ajijola Anabi, who doubles as the president, Soludero Hunters Association.
However, while welcoming the new governor of Oyo state, Engr Seyi Makinde, the hunters called on him to fully engage them in curbing crimes in the state. “We have been helping to curb criminal activities in Nigeria particularly in the southwest. We are using this opportunity to inform your Excellency that we shall give your government the necessary support in the area of security,” Anabi said.
The monarch said that the police, being “underfunded and understaffed” cannot fully combat crimes, and as such, need the help of local local security. Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Adbulrasheed Akanbi, oluwo of Iwoland in Osun state, on Monday, May 20, urged the federal government to make provision for security votes for the traditional institution to end insecurity in Nigeria. Speaking to newsmen in Osogbo, the state capital, Akanbi said traditional rulers are at the grassroots of society and that they get intelligence information firsthand which can help to tame crimes.