Operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun corps, in Ondo State, have arrested about 100 cows and nine herders along Akure /Ilesa highway.
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The herders were arrested for flouting the directives by governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, that all herdsmen should register with the state government and on open grazing.
Adetunji Adeleye, commander of the corps in the state, said the cows were intercepted and arrested at the boundary between Osun and Ondo.
“Our men controlled the cows to the headquarters of our office, which was about 30 kilometres from the point they were intercepted,” he said.
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“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.
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”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.”