Amotekun security outfit in Ondo State has arrested about 37 herdsmen, 5000 cattle for disobeying the quit notice order from forest reserves by the Ondo State government.
They were arrested in the government forest reserve located at Ala, Oda, Ofosu.
Recall, the State governor Oluwatotimi Akeredolu issued a notice of eviction, last month, to all herdsmen in the government forest reserves. He also banned the movement of cattle along highways, and within the cities. Herdsmen were asked to register with the government so they could operate unhindered in the forest reserve .
Chief Adetunji Adeleye, commander of the State Amotekun corps, confirmed the arrest of the herders, stating that other herdersmen have met with the corps and had peacefully moved out of the state.
Adeleye said, “About 37 herders have been arrested with about 5,000 cows, the majority of the herders have being coming to us through their chairman .
“Some of them have opted to leave the State because they couldn’t meet with our terms and conditions.
“They came through the chairman of Miyetti Allah in the State, some opted to go to Osun, Edo, and Kogi States.
“So our men escorted them to the boundaries to those states. We have to monitor their movement out of the state so that they would not destroy farms on their way out.”
Adeleye urged farmers to always call on the corps whenever cows invade and destroy their farms, noting that his personnels would respond promptly.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News