Following recurrent clashes between fulani herdsmen and their host communities across the country, the Department of State Security, DSS, has brokered peace between the leadership of Afenifere and Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association over the frosty relationship between the two groups in the South West.
The Director of DSS in Osun State, Mr. Andrew Iorkay, according to a source organised the peace meeting as a result of tension between the leadership of Afenifere and Fulani herdsmen. The source said the DSS boss did not want the situation to degenerate among the two groups in Osun State hence the peace meeting.
Former Attorney General of Osun State, Mr. Niyi Owolade was said to have represented the Afenifere while the Miyetti Allah team was led by its chairman, Salihu Ismael as well as its secretary, Aliyu Kamilu and Sarkin Hausasa, A. Ahmadu.
It was gathered that, during the meeting, the DSS boss stressed the need for the two groups to coexist peacefully.
Iorkay reportedly told the leadership of the two groups to prevail on their members to shun acts inimical to peace and security. He also warned that the DSS would not hesitate to deal decisively with anybody caught promoting violence.
Also, police authorities in Ondo State weekend initiated a peace meeting between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the state.
The move according to investigations was to ensure harmonious co-existence between them in the state.
The peace initiative comes after the kidnap and release of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae by Fulani herdsmen who invaded his farm on several occasions.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mike Ogbodu met with the President and executive members of the Miyatti Allah and a security outfit in the state on how to resolve the crisis.
Ogbodu stressed the need for cordial relationship between the farmers and Fulani herdsmen in all parts of the state.
According to him; The visit by the leadership of Miyatti Allah would further enhance cordial relationship between the state Police command and the security outfit.”
The CP while hailing the co-operation of all other security outfits in the state, said Policing could not only be handled by security operatives alone, urging all individuals to support the Police to ensure total security of lives and properties.
Earlier, the National President of Miyatti Allah, Alhaji Muhhamudu Adronsuru commended the efforts of the Police during the abduction of Chief Falae.
Credit : Vanguard