Constant dialogue on the need for respect of rules of engagement and peaceful co-existence is a major tool for eradicating communal clashes arising from grazing on farmlands across Nigeria.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, made the recommendation while addressing various stakeholders in at least 5 agrarian Local Government Areas in the Oke Ogun axis of Oyo State.
The Police Commissioner pointed out that the recommendation was the way forward in the bid to control and avoid incessant communal clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.
He stressed the need for all concerned parties to realise and respect that there are boundaries from both sides that must be respected in the interest of peace.
Oyebade emphasised that the peace accord jointly signed by both Fulani herdsmen and farmers at the Police Headquarters in Ibadan, would be implemented and enforced to the letter as the accord spelt out individual roles for all involved.
Some traditional rulers were prominent features at all the meetings as some of them were accused of granting permit to cattle rearers without consent of farm owners.
On the side of the Fulani herdsmen, they claimed that some of the farmers have poisoned water sources for their cattle, making them suffer huge losses resulting from the death of their poisoned cattle.
Having listened to all involved, the Oyo State Police boss ordered that the agreement contained in the earlier peace accord must be obeyed.
He added that there should be no more underage boys as grazing guides during the scheduled time frame now established for grazing.
Oyebade warned that no farmer should poison or harm any cattle, but should rather report any infringement to the Police.
He also ordered the newly deployed DPOs in affected communities to ensure that they do not take sides, even as they respond promptly to distress call.
Oyo Farmers, Herdsmen Clash
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