The Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Nicholas Tofowomo, has said that herdsmen are still operating in the Ondo forests reserve because Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s eviction order was not backed by law.
The governor had last month issued a quit notice to herdsmen who are hibernating in the state forests reserve to perpetrate criminal activities, especially kidnappings.
But speaking in Abuja on Friday, Tofowomo said Akeredolu’s eviction order was not effective because it was a mere pronouncement, not backed by law.
He said, “When the governor gave the directive, my thinking was that he would back it up with an executive bill to the Ondo State House of Assembly.
“It is his duty as the Chief Security Officer of the state. If a law is passed in that regard, police would enforce it.
“Now, he also gave an order not backed by law because there is no structure on the ground that could make the police carry out the order.
“When structures are on the ground, people will know that you are serious. We have problems of insecurity in Nigeria because the Nigeria Police has failed. They are just like security guards. They have no vehicles to go to the bush.
“Many state governors collect between N500m and N700m every month as security vote but we don’t know what they do with it.
“They will just buy a few vehicles for the police. As of today, there is no bill against open grazing in Ondo State.
“The bill should involve all the stakeholders to be effective. Traditional rulers should be encouraged to set up vigilante and stop movement of cows.”