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Could The Arrest of 3 Herders And 40 Cows In Ondo Be Sign of How Serious The Ban on Open Grazing Is?

A few months ago, when Southern governors agreed to ban open grazing across the region, the question that many people asked was whether the states would be able to enforce the ban. It is common knowledge that states in Nigeria do not control the police, and every vigilante group established by states, is directly under the control of the police.

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With this in mind, many people doubted the ability of the Southern States to enforce its ban on open grazing of cows. However, barely two days after the September 1st, 2021, deadline for the outlawing of open grazing, the Daily Post has reported the arrest of 3 Herders, and about 40 cows in Ondo state by the Amotekun security outfit.

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It should be recalled that the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), who doubles as the Chairman of Southern Governors Forum, recently signed the anti-open grazing bill into law, making the practice illegal in the state. With the uncertainty that surrounded the ability of states to enforce the ban on open grazing without the help of the Police, the Amotekun’s recent arrest of 3 Herders in Ondo may have come to many as a surprise.

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Following this development, we may begin to ask ourselves whether the arrest of the Herders and their cows in Ondo state for violating the ban on open grazing, could be a sign of how serious the state is with its ban on open grazing. It should be recalled that there are some states in the Southern region which are yet to sign the anti-open grazing bill, with states like Imo and Anambra opting out of the Southern governors agreement to ban the practice.

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Despite this, the Amotekun security outfit in Ondo state, went ahead to arrest 3 Herders and about 40 cows for violating the state’s anti-open grazing law. With this, one may not be wrong to believe that the arrest could be a sign of how serious the anti-open grazing law is in Ondo state. It is arguable that despite the ban on open grazing in states like Oyo, Rivers, Bayelsa, etc., there could still be herdsmen in the states. As such, one may not be wrong to conclude that it is only a state that takes its anti-open grazing law very seriously that could go ahead and arrest its violators.

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