Nigerians don’t need permission to live in Ondo forests —Bauchi gov

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Bauchi State , Bala Mohammed, says Nigerians don’t the permission of any to reside anywhere in the country.

According to Mohammed, citizens don’t the permission of Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi , to live in the forests in the -West state.

The Bauchi State stated this on Friday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme monitored by The PUNCH.

He said, “Land is in the hands of the state and federal governments in trust but Nigerians don’t the permission of or the federal government to settle everywhere. You don’t the permission of the of Bauchi or the of Ondo to be in the forests of Ondo if you choose to live in the forests because Section 41 of the constitution, you are free to settle anywhere.”

The PUNCH had earlier reported that in a bid to sanitise Ondo forests of killer herdsmen accused of sundry crimes such as kidnappings, killings, rape, amongst , ordered all herdsmen to vacate the state forest reserves or register the state government.

The development generated outrage the Presidency and some including Mohammed saying lacked the right to issue a vacation notice to herders in the state.

Akeredolu had also slammed Mohammed for saying herders have the right to bear AK-47 rifle for self-protection.

But the Bauchi State governor said on Friday that “when we mention AK-47, is a figure of , the issue is protection, self-help, you must protect yourself”.

“The Fulani man is so exposed, dehumanised and demonised. He is being seen as a bandit and so anywhere he goes, commonwealth which I call cows are being taken and rustled and sometimes they are fined beyond your imagination and then he has no option to protect himself,” the governor added.