Amotekun Arrests 42 Cows Over For Destruction Of Farmlands In Ondo
The Ondo State Command of the regional Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun Corps, has arrested 42 cows over alleged destruction of farmlands around Alagbaka Extension in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
State Commander, Amotekun Corps, Adetunji Adeleye, made this acknowledged whilst conducting journalists round the affected farmlands.
Mr. Adeleye explained that the cows had beenarrested after sequence of complaints via owners of the farmlands in the area.
According to him, greater than eight separate farmlands with vegetation such as maize and cassava have been totally destroyed via herdsmen who typically grazed their cows around the affected area
The commander stated the herders, who have beenclosely armed, chased away the farm owners who later contacted the corps.
“On seeing the owners of the affected farmlands, the heavily armed herders tried to kill them but the farmers ran to protect themselves.
“When the joint security network, which consists ofthe Agro-Rangers of the NSCDC, obtained to the scene, the herders once more tried to assault them however the safety operatives overpowered them.
“This led to the arrest of the cows whilst the herders took to their heels,” he said
Mr. Adeleye warned herdsmen towards destroying properties, urging them to rear their cows in restrictedareas to keep away from wanton destruction of farmlands.
He equally counseled farmers not to resort to self-help each time the cows destroyed their vegetationhowever to alert the corps for crucial actions.
The commander, who decried the degree of destruction on the farmlands, stated the owners of the cows would be prosecuted.
Olawale Aluko, a farmer, stated the herders constantly grazed their cows “on our farmlands”, whilst complaints made to security agencies in the previous did not yield any result.
He appealed to the corps commander to safe farmers from the incessant assaults and harassment from herdsmen, pointing out that the herders have been“destroying our potential of livelihood”