Operatives of the security outfit known as Amotekun have arrested some nine herdsmen with over 100 cattle in Ondo State.
The herdsmen were charged for violating the anti-open grazing law enacted by the State House of Assembly.
The herders and their cattle were reportedly arrested along Akure/Ilesa road in the state.
The State Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said the cows were arrested at the boundary of Osun and Ondo States.
Adeleye told newsmen: “Our men controlled the cows to the headquarters of our office, which was about 30 kilometres from the point they were intercepted.
“I don’t want to narrow it on the issue of capturing cattle. I would want to say it is a way of reducing crime.
“The cows were blocking the major road leading to the state capital.
“Apart from the possibility of illegal grazing in most cases, it is the ploy that kidnappers use.
“One of the occupants in the vehicle that was blocked called our distress line; and within few minutes, our men were on the ground.
“We should take note that our men are in all the 18 local government areas and we are on 24 hours patrol and we arrived at the scene promptly.
“The culprits, who sited us on arrival, ran away as they controlled the cows to follow them, but we were only able to control them.”
It could be recalled that recently, the State Governor, Olarotimi Akeredolu gave a two weeks ultimatum to herders to vacate the state forest reserves or risk arrest.
Speaking recently during the swearing-in of the first female Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu and four Special Advisers in Akure, on the anti-open grazing law, Governor Akeredolu said:
“We will continue to eject and punish, under the law, anyone, either herder or farmer, illegally occupying our forest reserves.
“We will not relent on our decision to rid our state of undesirable elements.
“We owe no one any further explanation or apology on this resolution to ensure peace for no one other than our people.
“Anyone, who intends to engage in a private business of animal husbandry, in this age, must be ready to abide with the modern methods or quit,” he stressed.