Gov Fayose chases, arrests grazing cow

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.

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