Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, has suspended the operations of the Grazing Enforcement Marshall, established to enforce the state’s Anti-Grazing Act which prohibits herdsmen from grazing their cattle in non-designated areas.
Governor Fayose suspended the Marshalls operations following a meeting with leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder’s Association in Ado-Ekiti where the herdsmen alleged that the Marshalls were indiscriminately killing their cattle.
Fayose on hearing this allegation, immediately suspended the operations of the Marshalls.
“The marshals are not armed. There is total misinformation about killing of cows, shooting of cows. It is pure political and misinformation. So, when we leave here, I am going to go show them their cows, where they are kept and because of the accord and their understanding after the Thursday meeting I will release the cows to them for them to know that we are not extremists. All I want is people obeying our laws and collaborating together in the overall interest of our state. They have assured me that they are ready to cooperate, they have accepted the marshals. They only want to be part of the marshals so that they can equally enforce these laws with us because they know their people very well and they assured me that nobody among the herdsmen will go and use their cattle to feed on the farmlands and attack any of the citizens,” he said