Farmers, drivers, forest guards protest in Ondo,

Akeredolu Dayo Johnson Akure Members of the Nigeria Forest Services known as Forest guards, drivers, farmers and traders stormed the streets protesting in support of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu order to herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state within seven days. The protesters demonstrated their anger over incessant abduction of their members by herdsmen They displayed placards with various inscriptions and said the decision by the state governor to eject unregistered herdsmen in the forest reserves was done in the best interest of the people in the state. Farmers amongst them said if the current state of insecurity is not quickly checked, it might lead to famine  in the state The protesters asked governor Akeredolu not to back down on his directive. Speaking with newsmen, Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Comrade Jacob Adejo said the governor was in order and right to issue the order. Adejo who recall several unpleasant encounters that members of his union have had in the past said commercial drivers were no longer safe in the state. He said his members needed protection as herders attacked and kidnap them with impunity.

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Protesters Storm Akure in support of Gov. Akeredolu’s Order

Following the brickbats between the Ondo State Government and the Presidency over the ultimatum given to herdsmen to vacate Ondo forest reserves within seven days, Pro-Akeredolu supporters hit the streets of Akure, the State capital on Thursday to show their support for the governor’s order. The protesters carried placards urging Governor Rotimi Akeredolu not to back down on his directive. Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Ondo State chapter, Jacob Adejo said commercial drivers were no longer safe in the state. Mr Adejo said his members need protection from herders. This comes amid the controversy the governor’s order has generated. Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde had on Wednesday warned against such directive that could further worsen security.

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Woman Arrested For Assaulting Oyo State Traffic Management Official

A woman identified as Aramide Amoke, who allegedly assaulted an Oyo State Traffic Management Agency officer, on Wednesday has been arrested. the incident happened at about 8:am at the Oluyole Estate axis of Ibadan, Southwest Local Government Area, when the officer was on active and legitimate duty in the area. According to eyewitnesses, Mrs. Aramide was driving on ‘one-way’ and against traffic when the officer stopped her vehicle. In this process, she allegedly slapped the officer repeatedly and other motorists, passersby, commercial motorcyclist and eyewitnesses who were apparently angry and displeased at her actions gathered in an attempt to mob her and raze the vehicle involved. It was at this point that the Chairman of the agency, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi was contacted and he swiftly moved to avert the brewing crisis by first sending a nearby representative who doused the tension.: The vehicle was impounded and taken alongside the assaulter to the OYRTMA Headquarters pending the time she would be charged to court for assault and deliberate breach of the Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority Law 2009. Fagbemi later arrived the scene and restored complete normalcy while ensuring aggrieved eyewitnesses that justice would be served in accordance with the extant laws of Oyo State. He thanked them for restraining from taking laws into their hands.

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