Oyo to prosecute hate preachers, armed herdsmen

The Oyo State Government has warned Fulani herdsmen operating in the state to desist from carrying guns and other weapons around.

The government gave the warning in a communiqué issued at the end of the State Inter-Religious/Ethnic Committee, OYSIREC, meeting in Ibadan yesterday, Vanguard reports.

Armed herdsman          Credit: Vanguardngr

According to the communiqué, any herdsman caught with guns and dangerous weapons would be treated as criminals and prosecuted accordingly.
“Oyo State government will not tolerate herdsmen carrying guns and other dangerous weapons, anyone who violates this will be prosecuted,” the committee said.

In the same vein, the committee said that extreme religious preachers would be prosecuted and called on preachers of different faiths to stop preaching hate and inciting sermons.

“Religious leaders should support government in implementing its good policies by preaching regularly in the holy places on issues.

“They should encourage their congregation to embark on cleaning of the environment, respect for elders and people in authority,” the communiqué said.

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