Government of Osun has warned Hausa and Fulani communities residing in the state not to allow any visitor as part of the effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Prince Adebayo Adeleke gave the warning at a stakeholders’ meeting with leaders of Hausa/Fulani Community in the state, held at Osogbo on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Babtunde Kokumo; Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government, Mr Rasak Adeosun and the SA on Security, Mrs Abiodun Ige and chairmen of local government areas, led by ALGON chairman, Honourable Abiodun Idowu.
Speaking, Adeleke urged the Hausa/Fulani Community to prevent their people from entering the state illegal through them in violation of the boundary closure.
“Osun is not ready to punish anybody, but whoever violate the boundary closure order will be dealt with by law.
“None of your people should come to Osun for now. If they have any genuine mission in the state, they should wait until after the Covid-19.
“The Fulani herdsmen should not be allowed to herd their cattles into the state from anywhere, if they are caught, the wrath of the law will catch up with them,” he stressed.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, said anybody caught entering the state illegally despite the border closure would not be spare.
He said: “The border closure is not only applicable to states, but a directive from the Federal Government. It means whoever violates the order has violated both the state and the Federal laws.
“Let all of us be ready to cooperate with the government and the police, as we will not want to apply force against any tribe residing in the state”, the CP said.
In their respective addresses, Adeosun, Ige and Idowu tasked residents of the state, irrespective of tribe to notify the security agencies and government officials incase of discovery of new entrants into the state.
Some of the council bosses who also spoke at the meeting advocated the stationing of mobile courts to the state boundaries with a view to easing the stress of the security agencies manning the boarders.
Sheriki Hausa of Edeland, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambo, assured the government of their cooperation, saying, “We have since been telling our people to stop coming into the state for now and that is the trend we will continue”.