- Some cows and some herders are now in the custody of Amotekun in Ondo state
- They were arrested after being caught violating the directives of Governor Akeredolu
- Amotekun commander claimed that the animals were even blocking the main road
In what will gladden the heart of many people in southern Nigeria, operatives of the Ondo State Security Network, known as Amotekun corps, have made some arrest.
Specifically, they arrested about 100 cows and nine herders along Akure/Ilesa highway.
The Nation reports that the herders were arrested for flouting directives by the state concerning grazing rules.
“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’s a way of reducing crime. These cows were actually 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 ground.
”We should take note that our men are in all the 18 local government areas and we are on 24 hours patrol. We arrived the scene promptly.
”The culprits who sighted us on arrival ran away as they controlled the cows to follow them but we were only able to control them back.”
In another report, an armed gang of criminals kidnapped two travellers along the Ife-Ibadan expressway close to the Ayedire local government area of Osun state on the evening of Saturday, March 6.
The yet-tobe-identified travellers, on their way to the Ibadan, were accosted and whisked away to a nearby forest.
However, a security source disclosed to journalists that the abductors have been arrested by police officers.
Also, the traditional rulers in Odo-Otin North local council development area of Osun state told the herders who work and live in the area to monitor and report any strange visitors or cattle rustlers to the appropriate quarters.
Legit.ng reports that the warning was given by the Oloyan of Oyan land, Oba Kilani Adekeye, who led other prominent traditional rulers in the LCDA during the third peace and security meeting held recently in his palace.
In a statement issued after the meeting and seen by Legit.ng, the traditional rulers frowned at the illegal activities of the herders and the reported influx of the cattle rustlers to the area through Erin-Ile and Asi boundary.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.