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Herdsmen, Oke Ogun Indigenes Recommit to Peace

Subsequent to November 2015 communiqué signed by the indigenous farmers of Oke Ogun, Oyo State and the herdsmen within the state, another peace agreement took place between Oke the two entities on Tuesday at the Eleyele, the State Police command, which was spearheaded by the Police, with firm resolutions from both sides not to breach the existing fragile peace but strengthen it.Oyo Police commissioner
The two parties, during the parley while tendering their complaints that often lead to disputes, flare up and traded words of anger as State Police Commissioner, Mr Adeleye Oyebade quenched the fury without resentment providing mutual solution to the impasse.
The Oyo State Police Commissioner appealed to both sides to continue to explore alternative dispute resolution through constant dialogue instead of taking laws into their hands, destroying lives and property in the process.
Mr Adeleye added that any group that infringed on the agreement contained in the November 2015 communique, which was jointly signed by all stakeholders, would be dealt with.
The National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State, Mr Hussein Mohammed, said efforts to resolve issues within themselves had been futile, as some of their cattle had been poisoned.
He, however, added that his group would do its best to abide by the decision to promote peace.
While making a case for his community, the traditional ruler in one of the agrarian communities in Oke Okun, the Onikoyi of Ikoyi Ile in Oriire Local Government Area, Oba Abdulyekeen Ladipo, also told the police that lots of farmland had been destroyed beyond repair.
He also promised that his people would work towards peace and put the past behind them.
In the meantime, a Joint Task Force, comprising representatives from both parties and the police has been saddled with the responsibility of monitoring grazing activities in the affected areas.

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