Governor Ayodele Fayose has ordered all herdsmen in the Ekiti State to register with the government with a sum of N5,000 each.
The order was part of the outcomes of a meeting between Fayose and the leadership of the state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) at the weekend at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti.
The governor gave the herdsmen three months ultimatum to comply with his directive saying the registration became imperative in ensuring the tracking of criminal elements among them, and ultimately prosecute them.
Fayose said, “Many of the Fulani herdsmen who settled down here did so without permission from anyone. No one can be living with us and we – their host – would not know who they are.
“They said some are strangers who only come briefly but we don’t want that. Now, they would register with government for a token of N5,000.
“It is not their money that we need but their identity and locality. The sum of N5,000 would be renewable after a year.”
He also disclosed his government’s plan to forward an executive bill to the House of Assembly proposing a five-year jail term for anybody found guilty of harbouring ‘killer’ herdsmen in the state.
“We are sending a bill to the state assembly which would be that anyone caught and found guilty of harbouring dangerous Fulani herdsmen would be jailed for five years without an option of fine.
“So, I urge every residents in Ekiti to report anyone or stranger who is suspected to be a killer Fulani herdsman.”