Government of the State of Osun has warned Hausa /Fulani communities residing in Osun not to accommodate any visitor(s) in order not to jeopardize government’s efforts to curtail the spread of Coronavirous pandemic in the State.
Speaking on behalf of the Government, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, gave the warning at the stakeholders meeting held with the leaders of Hausa /Fulani community, held at the Local Government Service Commission Hall, Abere.
According to him, Hausa, /Fulani have been warned to prevent their people from entering the state illegally through them, saying if allow such to happen,it will be a violation of Government’s dictate on border closure.
“None of your people should come to Osun for now, if they have any genuine mission in the state, they should wait until after the COVID 19”. He added
He instructed them further that the Fulani herdsmen should not be allowed to herd their cattles in to the state from anywhere, saying if they are caught they will be made to face the full weight of the law.
Also speaking, Osun State Commissioner of Police,Babatunde Kokumo, said anybody caught entering the state illegally despite the border closure would not be spared.
He said “the border closure is not only applicable to states, but a directive from the Federal Government, which means that, according to him, whoever violates the order has violated both the state and Federal laws.
“Let all of us be ready to cooperate with the government and the police as we will not want to apply force against any tribe residing in the state “the CP added.
In their separate address, the Special Adviser to Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Rasaki Adeosun, the Special Adviser on Security Matters, CP Ige (retired)and the ALGON Chairman in the state, Hon Abiodun Idowu, tasked the residents of the state, irrespective of their tribe to notify the security agencies and government officials in case of detecting or suspecting new entrants into the state.
Some of the council bosses who also
spoke at the stakeholders meeting advocated the stationing of Mobile Court at the state boundaries with a view to easing the stress of the security agencies maning the borders.
Speaking on behalf of the invitees, the Sheriki Hausa of Ede land, Mr Ibrahim Gambo, assured the government of their full cooperation, adding that all of them will comply with the warning.
The meeting was attended by the State Commissioner of Police CP Babatunde Kokumo, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local government And Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Rasaki Adeosun the ALGON Chairman in the Hon Abiodun Idowu and the Local Government Chairmen