The Ondo Police Command has been charged by the State chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to arrest and prosecute any of its members found grazing around the Airport in Akure.
The management of the Airport had lodged complaints through the Ministry of Environment to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and the state government over the activities of the herdsmen.
According to Vanguard, the grazing activities of the herdsmen had prevented the landing of aircraft, thereby, endangering the lives of passengers.
The chairman of MACBAN, Bello Garba, while speaking with newsmen, disassociated himself from herders who engage in kidnapping and other criminal activities along the Ore-Benin- Lagos highway.
In an attempt to exonerate his members in Ondo State, Garba said: “We have warned them (herders) severally to stay away from the airport without success.”
“We have given the police permission to arrest and prosecute anyone caught around the airport still grazing. We have told our members to desist from going there but they have refused.”
“Henceforth, anyone caught should be made to face the consequence. We are law-abiding citizens and would not tolerate indiscipline.”
“Most of the criminal herdsmen come from the neighbouring states of Ogun, Edo, and other states to operate in Ondo especially along Ore- Lagos road.”
The MACBAN chairman further stated that the association is working with security agencies in the state to apprehend the criminals.