The Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun Corps, has arrested 42 cows over alleged destruction of farmlands around Alagbaka Extension in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
This was disclosed in a chat with journalists Tuesday by Chief Adetunji Adeleye, State Commander, Amotekun Corps, during a tour of the farmlands.
Adeleye explained that the cows were arrested after series of complaints by owners of the farmlands in the area.
According to him, more than eight separate farmlands with crops such as maize and cassava were completely destroyed by herdsmen who usually grazed their cows around the affected area.
The commander said the herders, who were heavily armed, chased away the farm owners who later contacted the corps.
“On seeing the owners of the affected farmlands, the heavily armed herders attempted to kill them but the farmers ran to protect themselves.
“When the joint security network, which includes the Agro-Rangers of the NSCDC, got to the scene, the herders again attempted to attack them but the security operatives overpowered them.
“This led to the arrest of the cows while the herders took to their heels,” he said
Adeleye warned herdsmen against destroying properties, urging them to rear their cows in confined areas to avoid wanton destruction of farmlands.
Decrying the level of destruction on the farmlands, he said the owners of the cows would be prosecuted.