However, the Ondo State Government has denied that some killer herdsmen had taken over its forest reserves.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo, said the government had invested much on the security in the state.
He added that though intelligence report could not be revealed to the public, government investment on security had been yielding good result.
He said, “It’s not a thing of excitement for the government to divulge to the public measures being put in place to tackle this menace. There are no killer herdsmen residing in our forest reserves.
“As you know, insecurity is almost a nationwide issue that requires everything to curb it. On our part in Ondo State, a lot of investments have been made in this regard. All the same, such are not for the public. It will, therefore, be unfair for anyone to conclude that nothing has been done to checkmate the menace. As you are aware, we have our limitations, but those limitations will not be allowed to discourage us from doing what is appropriate at all times.”
Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Police Undie Adie, said he was not aware of gunmen in the state.
He urged residents to provide useful tips on the gunmen and their activities, promising to act on them immediately.
Adie said, “The person with that information should make it available to me right away. We appreciate useful information from anywhere it comes, once it is credible, we would act on it.”
On her part, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of the Odigbo council, Mrs Margaret Akinsuroju, said she was new in the local government but ready to assist security agents in their efforts to make the local government free of bandits.
She said, “I am just two weeks in the council. I am not aware of bandits taking over our forest reserve but as I speak to you, the security agents are working tirelessly to flush criminals out of the area. I will like the traditional rulers and the people to support them by giving them useful information that will lead to the arrest of the bandits.”