A socio-cultural group, Kiriji Heritage Defenders, yesterday expressed worry over the influx of herdsmen into the state.
A statement by the spokesman, Dr. Ademola Ekundayo, said: “It is worrisome that herdsmen are moving into Osun State through Odo-Otin Council. These herdsmen are believed to have been displaced in neighbouring states. They are moving around with a large number of cattle and are constituting security threat to residents. We also have intelligence that some of the herdsmen were seen around Owode-Ede last week.”
He said the group suspected that the herdsmen were responsible for the kidnapping that occurred at Osu, and urged the government and security agencies to act on the intelligence before it is too late.
Ekundayo enjoined residents to assist the security apparatus to ensure peace, noting that the group was working with other freedom fighters across Yoruba land, including Kogi and Kwara states, to beef up security in the Southwest.
The state Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Gen. Bashir Adewinbi, speaking about the influx of the herders into the state, said the House of Assembly had set up a committee to ensure peaceful co-existence between herdsmen and farmers.