Regional Security outfit, Amotekun has announced the arrest of 37 herdsmen and seizure of 5000 cattle for violating a quit notice issued by the Ondo state government.
The state government issued a 7-day quit notice to herdsmen in government forest reserves across the state. Confirming the arrests, the state commander of the Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye disclosed;
“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 Miyatti Allah in the state.”
“Some opted to go to Osun, Edo and Kogi States. So our men escorted to the boundaries of those states. We have to monitor their movements out of the state so that they would not destroy farms on their way out.”
“About 37 herders have been arrested with about 5, 000 cows. Majority of the herders have been coming to us through their chairman and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Hausa Matters. We will hand over the culprits to the chairman to lead them out and anybody caught again after this would be arrested and prosecuted.”
Adeleye asked the farmers to always call on the corps whenever the cows invade and destroy their farms noting that his personnel would respond promptly.
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