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Open Grazing: Ondo To Auction Off Seized Cows

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The Ondo State Authorities says it’ll henceforth public sale off cows seized for destroying farmlands after getting a courtroom order, whereas the homeowners of the seized cows will even be prosecuted.

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The State Commander of the State Safety Community, Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, disclosed this throughout the signing of an settlement for the discharge of over 250 cows arrested by Amotekun Corps in Akure, the state capital.



In keeping with the Commander, Amotekun has seized over 250 cows within the state, following misery calls and petitions by farmers in Ipogun, Ilara, Owena Dam areas within the Ifedore Native Authorities Space of the state.

He stated, “I used to be amazed after I noticed the extent of destruction and stealing that they did on this present case. Once we received to the farm, the herders began by attacking us, however later they ran away however we succeeded in arresting two of them. They’re in our custody. We additionally seized over 250 cows, which we dropped at our premises right here.

“However to trek for 30 to 40 kilometres each time just isn’t a joke. Not solely that we now have to trek for this lengthy distance, we now have to information the cows and management visitors on the expressway whereas main the cows. So it’s not a small job in any respect.

“Whereas doing all these, we don’t have interaction in any monetary dialogue with both the farmers or the herders. We don’t accumulate a kobo however we endure rather a lot in bringing these cows to our premises in imposing this regulation.

“When this newest incident occurred, we introduced them collectively and stated except they signed an endeavor, that after this operation, Amotekun will not enable settlement of farmers henceforth as a result of it seems that it’s not working.

“We’ll henceforth cost them to courtroom and public sale the cow. That’s the place of the state authorities and the Amotekun Corps from now. Any herder that destroyed farmland and crops now, we’re not going to open the window of alternative for negotiation for cost of compensation.

“They’d be arrested, the herders could be prosecuted, the cows would change into the federal government property and could be auctioned as a result of the window of affection we confirmed them, they aren’t reciprocating by complying with the settlement reached with the farmers.

“We felt that herders are transacting their enterprise, which they’ve the suitable to as Nigerians. Farmers are equally transacting their enterprise; lots of them invested closely on these farms. Nevertheless, herders would come in a single day and graze on these farms regardless of authorities’s order banning evening grazing, underage herders and different illegalities.

“Lots of the farmers have died of stroke and hypertension and lots of them have misplaced their property as a result of they can’t service the loans they took and invested within the farms. All these have an effect on the socio-economic progress of the South-West, particularly Ondo State. We aren’t going to tolerate this once more.

“Gathering cash and giving to farmers doesn’t pay. The cash paid to farmers as compensation is less than one per cent of the crops destroyed.”

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