Amotekun arrests two herdsmen, 200 cows in Ondo

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Peter Dada,  Akure

The Ondo State Security Network Agency,  Amotekun, on Tuesday arrested two armed Fulani herdsmen and their cows numbering 200 along Ijare -Irese Road in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The suspects were alleged to have used their cows to destroy some crops on the farms of some farmers in the area.

They were also alleged to have attacked the Amotekun officials when trying to arrest them.

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This came barely two weeks after the state governor,  Rotimi Akeredolu, placed ban on under-aged grazing , night grazing and movement of cattle along the highways and within cities.

The governor also ordered the herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in the state.

The state Commander of the Amotekun ,  Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said ,  “ We arrested two herdsmen and seized about 200 cows. It was the villagers that invited us when the cows had destroyed their crops on their farms

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“ When we arrived there and wanted to resolved the matter,  the the herders just opened fire on us. Thank God for the bullet-proof vests we put on; they would have killed our men today. But none of our men was injured in the attack.”

Adeleye said the suspects would soon be handed over to the police.

The state chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria,  Alhaji Garuba Bello, said he had yet to be informed about the development.

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