Scores of commercial drivers, members of the Nigeria Forest Services known as Forest guards, farmers and traders, others on Thursday declared support for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s vacation order issued to herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state within seven days.
Akeredolu had on Tuesday directed herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state within the next seven days.
The Governor said the steps were taken in order to address the root cause of kidnapping, in particular, and other nefarious activities detailed and documented in security reports, the press and debriefings from victims of kidnap cases in the state.
In solidarity, the different associations carried placards urging the Ondo Governor not to back down on his directive to the herdsmen.
The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Comrade Jacob Adejo, who was part of the group 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.