Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, led security men and youths to arrest one of the cows that were grazing along Ado-Afao Road.
Following reports that some herdsmen were destroying farms and the murder of two people in Oke Ako-Ekiti recently, the state House of Assembly passed the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law, which was assented by Governor Fayose.
The law provides for six months’ jail term for any herdsman who grazes his animals in unauthorised places in the state.
According to the governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the action was to demonstrate the seriousness the governor attached to the law.
The media aide, who posted the incident on his Facebook Timeline, said that the two herdsmen grazing the cows ran into the bush while youths pursued the cows and got one of them arrested.
He said: “Governor Fayose was going to Ikole Ekiti today (yesterday) when he came across herdsmen along Afao-Ekiti Road in Ado-Ekiti.
“The governor demonstrated the seriousness of the State Anti-Grazing Law by personally seeing to it that one of the cows was “arrested” by youths who chased them after the herdsmen ran into the bush upon sighting the governor’s security men. The remaining cows ran into the bush too.”
The governor’s spokesperson also disclosed that the Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshalls (EGEM) will start work soon.