\r\nOndo State got the opportunity to test the might of the recent anti-open grazing law in the state as men of the Security Network Agency code-named Amotekun Corps arrested four herders and 180 cows for violating the Anti-Open Grazing Law.\r\nThe herdsmen and cows were arrested at Oke Ala and Iju community of Akure.\r\nTwo of the herders, Abudulahi Sanni and his uncle simply called Baba, said they had been living peacefully at Iju and were ready to pay any amount as compensation for whatever damage they had caused.\r\nThey said: \u201cWe have been living peacefully in this community. We don\u2019t want any trouble with the state government. They have shown us love by accepting us and we are ready to settle out of court and pay any amount for damages done to the farmlands.\u201d\r\nThe herders were, however, made to settle the farm owners as well as pay a specified amount into the government purse.\r\nThe Commander of the Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said the cows would be released after the owners had complied with the regulations as contained in the Anti-Open Grazing Law.\r\nHe said some herdsmen have continued to violate the anti-open grazing law.\r\n\u201cWe have a number of herders here with us and we are making them comply with the enacted law, which stipulates penalty for defaulting herders. The position of the law is that if they choose to go to court, we will implement the law, which stipulates a minimum of N100, 000 fines or three years imprisonment.\r\n\u201cIn most cases, you will see them pleading that such a thing will not happen again. We have informed the leadership of Miyetti Allah to educate their members that the anti-open grazing law of Ondo State is in place.\r\n\u201cWhen it is done the second time, the person will go to court to face the full weight of the law.\r\n\u201cIn the main time, what we have done is to go further to enlighten their people, but we feel we should interface with the leadership of Miyetti Allah.\r\n\u201cWe have implored them to educate other members of the Miyetti Allah that the anti-open grazing law of Ondo State is in place,\u201d Adeleye said.\r\nOndo State Government has planned a one day summit with stakeholders on the best ways to implement the anti-open grazing law.\r\nThe summit is also expected to enlighten herders on the law.