For breaking the state government’s open grazing ordinance, the Ondo State Security Agency, Amotekun Corps, detained two minor herders and their 52-year-old father, Ibarahim Musa, and seized 49 cows.
Chief Adetunji Adeleye, the state commandant of the corps, said his men received a distress call from a female farmer in the Kajola community in the Akure South Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the twin boys, Audu Ibrahim and Musa Ibrahim, who are supposed to be six years old, threatened Mrs. Victoria Ajayi, 70, in her home with a cutlass.
According to the old woman, she was in her house when her grandson informed her that cows have stormed their farm.
“I asked them to call on their father as they gave deaf ears to my words and looked at me angrily. As I was trying to make the children understand they should take the cows out of my farm, one of them brought out cutlass and pointed it to my face. Then I knew I was in for big trouble
“I quickly called my little grandson and went inside and shut my door. They were there for hours as I watch the cows ate my vegetables, pepper and also watched how they dug my heaps of yams with their legs and eat my long-awaited ready-to-be harvested yams
“I quickly reached for my drugs because I have been managing high blood pressure for some time. I quickly took my boy and went out through the back door where they could not see me because I never knew their next move as we are alone in the house
“The thought of renting another house occurred to me immediately, because of the frequent herdsmen invasion with cows to my house. But this time, they almost got aggressive as I can’t predict their next move
“I quickly left the house through the back door, dropped my boy with a neighbour, and took an Okada to Amotekun’s office for help. I’m so glad that immediately I narrated my ordeal, they followed me to my house and got them arrested.”
Ibrahim Musa, who also spoke, refuted being on the farm with his children and expressed sorry for his actions, calling them a mistake.
“This is really a mistake for me. I have been living in Akure for over 30 years without having trouble with anyone. I was not around when the incident occurred. It was my little boys that were undergoing training on how to become herders that misbehaved. I was at Sabo area in Akure when it all happened. The younger one goes out with the senior while on training.” he said.
Mr. Adetunji Adeleye, the State Corps Commander of Amotekun, confirmed the arrest, saying he received a distress call from a woman saying her farm had been destroyed by herders and her life was in danger.
“Our response team moved immediately and we met the cows actually ravaging the farmland. We also met two under aged shepherds as this is clearly against the law put in place by the state government,” Adeleye stated.
“You would recall that the Ondo State Government banned under aged grazing and wanton destruction of food crops. This is the reason we got them arrested knowing full well that their father will show up.” he added.