Ekiti governor, Ayodele Fayose has taken the recent anti-grazing law passed in the state personal, as he was seen yesterday personally inspected the arrest of some cows at Ikole Ekiti, area of the state.
A post released on Thursday by Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, said the governor was on his way to Ikole Ekiti, when he came across herdsmen along Afao Ekiti road, grazing on someone’s farmland. the governor stopped and personally saw to it that one of the cows was “arrested” by youths who chased it after the herdsmen ran into the bush upon seeing the governor’s security men.
The remaining cows ran into the bush too. Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshall (EGEM) will start work in a few days time, the governor said.
Fayose had in August signed the anti-grazing bill into law at the Government House Chambers after the bill was deliberated on by the State House of Assembly.
The bill was sponsored by the executive after the killing of two persons by suspected herdsmen in Oke Ako community in Ikole Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said with this law in place, anyone caught grazing with arms or any weapon in Ekiti would be charged with terrorism and be made to face the law according to certain sections of it.
The same goes for those who graze in prohibited areas or go against the time frame of 7 am to 6 pm allowed for open grazing.
According to the governor, the law would also strengthen security in various communities across the state, adding that anyone that fouled the law stood the risk of being treated as a terrorist.
The new law also criminalizes grazing in certain locations and places time limit for grazing activities.