The Ondo state Amotekun Corps has started Enforcing the quit order from the state Government to herdsmen to vacate the government forest reserves, the Commander of the Ondo State Security Network, Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said that 37 herdsmen and 5, 000 cows had been arrested for going against the state order.
The state governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had last month, issued directives for herdsmen to quit the government forest reserves and also banned movement of cattle along the highways and within the cities.
The government has also banned underaged herders from operating in the state while all herders were asked to register with the state government to enable them operate legitimately.
Adeleye said that the suspects and their cows were arrested in Ala, Ofosu and Oda forest reserves.
While saying that his men were still in the forest to flush out the remaining erring herders, Adeleye said, some of the herdsmen, who could not cope with the terms and conditions issued by the state government, had met with the corps and had opted to move out of the state peacefully to other states like Osun,Kogi and Edo states which our men escorted them to the boundaries of each states listed.
He also said Majority of the herders have been coming to us through their chairman and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Hausa Matters. We will hand over the culprits to the chairman to lead them out and anybody caught again after this would be prosecuted.
The Amotekun boss has encouraged the farmers to always call on the corps whenever the herders invade and destroy their farms, saying the corps would respond immediate.
He said it will always be difficult for the corps to trace the herders after they had destroyed farms but if the farmer can reach them on time during the act , the Amotekun will respond swiftly, arrest and ensure that the herders pay for what they destroy.