Ondo: ‘Any cow seen on our streets will be arrested’ – Gov Akeredolu
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has ordered the arrest of cattle found loitering the streets of Akure, reiterating his administration’s resolve to ban open grazing in the State.
The Governor disclosed this while speaking on TVC.
“We are banning open grazing. If I see a cow I will arrest it. They can’t move in Akure town. We wouldn’t allow it. It is not going to happen. We must put an end to it,” he said.
The governor’s decision followed recent criminal activities linked to herdsmen in the State.
Recall that suspected Fulani herdsmen had allegedly killed a cousin to one of the Media Aides to Akeredolu.
The deceased identified as Dayo Ibiye was killed in Ajowa community in Akoko North West Local Area of the State.
Ibiye, who was a farmer and cousin to the Senior Special Assistant to Akeredolu on New Media, Gani Muhammed-Ajowa, was killed in his farm in Ajowa community.
The incident occured about 24 hours after a member of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, was also killed by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in Iju Community, Akure North Local Government Area of the State.
Meanwhile, former Minister of Culture and Tourism Femi Fani-Kayode had told the Federal Government to allow all Nigerians to carry fire arms, if the government could make case for Fulani herdsmen to be licensed to carry AK-47 rifles to protect themselves and their cows.
Recall also that Bala Mohammed had said Fulani herdsmen carry firearms to protect themselves against cattle rustlers who attack, kill and take away their possessions.
The Bauchi governor slammed the South-west for refusing to accommodate herdsmen.