There was a solidarity rally in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Thursday as commercial drivers, forest guards, farmers and traders stormed the streets to express support for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu order to herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state within seven days.
The protesters carried placards urging the Ondo Governor not to back down on his directive.
Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Comrade Jacob Adejo, said commercial drivers were no longer safe in the state.
Adejo said his members need protection as herders attacked them with impunity as well as kidnapped them before now.
Akeredolu, had issued a seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate Ondo forest reserves. The order, he said is part of major steps taken by the state at addressing the root cause of kidnapping and other nefarious activities in the state.
The presidency, in a statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, condemned the directive by the Ondo State Government.
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