The Ondo State Security Network Agency has disclosed that no fewer than 400 cows have been arrested by the men of the corps in its ongoing “Operation Clean up” in the state.
The state Commander of the corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, made this known while speaking with journalists in Akure the state capital.
The commander also stated that the directive of the state government that all local government chairmen should set up a vigilante system has been yielding results.
He said, “We started from the state capital and combed all the black spots and made over 400 arrests before we headed to the local government areas and concentrated on the northern senatorial district ( of the state) where we embarked on 24 hours patrol.
“We engaged the services of local hunters and vigilantes to join our men and patrol the forest. Substantially, we were also able to drive out the bad guys in recent times. You will find out that most of the kidnap cases you get nowadays are at the border.
“We have put out searchlight and we have mapped out security strategies to checkmate the activities of those bad people. Ose local government area has boundaries with Edo and Kogi States and it offers an easy-access way out. But we are checking them.”
Adeleye, who commended the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, for his support for the corps also declared that the corps was ready for a massive onslaught against criminals, particularly in Ajowa-Ifira axis in the four local governments in Akoko area such that “once we finish our clearance operation, there will be no criminal activities like before. You know there is no society that is crime-free.”
On the newly recruited over 500 men into the corps, Adeleye disclosed that by the first week of July the new recruits will be dispatched to their various duty posts in all the local government areas in the state.
ONDO ASSEMBLY PASSES ANTI-OPEN GRAZING BILL INTO LAW.
In a bid to regulate the activities of herdsmen and the rearing of livestock in the state, the Ondo State House of Assembly has passed into law the anti-open grazing bill.
The House also passed into law the bill on the autonomy of the judiciary and the bill on violence against persons prohibition. The bills were passed after the chairmen of three committees submitted their reports on the bill.
The plenary session of the Assembly, held on Thursday, was presided over by the Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oloyeloogun.
Speaking on the bills at the session, the committee chairmen remarked that the bills were in the best interest of all citizens of Ondo State.
On the anti-open grazing bill, Mr Taofik Mohammed of the House Committee on Agriculture explained that the bill was to regulate rearing and grazing of livestock to prevent the destruction of farm crops and put an end to clashes between farmers and herders as well as support the growth of livestock farming in the state.
He also said the bill would promote modern techniques of animal husbandry.
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