Scores of farmers, forest guards and the members of the national union of road transport workers in Ondo state have staged a protest against the incessant abduction of their members allegedly by some gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.
The protesters also said they were in support of the order of governor Rotimi Akeredolu to eject the herdsmen from all the forest reserves in the state.
They said they threw their weight behind the Akeredolu’s order as it was made in the interest of the security of lives and properties of the people of the state.
The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions, said if the current state of insecurity was not quickly checked, it might lead to chaos and famine in the state.
Yabatech radio reported that Akeredolu gave the order as part of major steps at addressing the root cause of kidnapping and other nefarious activities in the state.
The governor, who gave the order in a statement issued on his official twitter handle on Monday, said the forests have been turned into a place for felons to carry out their criminal activities.