By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Edgar Imohimi, has warned that anyone seeking services of a herder in the state should sensitize them on illegal grazing, saying, they don’t see anything wrong deploying their cattle to others farmland to graze.
Imohimi stressed that the warning became imperative following herdsmen and farmers clash in Badagry recently which was later nipped in the bud by the police through introduction of community policing strategy.
This came barely weeks after the Lagos State Government disclosed that no fewer than 30 cows and 10 rams were impounded by its officials for grazing illegally
The commissioner, who gave the warning while reeling out the law enforcement agency’s achievement at 12th Town Hall Meeting on security in Victoria Island, hinted that proper orientation would further prevent such clashes in the state.
According to him, you will recall that some states had challenges addressing the confrontation that occurred between Herdsmen and farmers. Lagos would have experience such. But we were able to address it through introduction of community policing.
“What happened was that the owner of the farm hired some herdsmen to rare cattle for him. As the weeks gone by, the herdsmen deployed the cattle to graze on another person’s farm in Badagry and destroyed crops on the farmland. On learning about the crisis, I invited all parties.
“And during interrogation, the herders did not see anything wrong in what they have done. They felt that their cattle need to graze and they deployed them to where they could get grass. But I was able to sensitize them that their action is injurious to others who have invested their money on the farmland,” Imohimi added.
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The commissioner, however, disclosed that the marine axis of the state still pose major threat because the communication with officers deployed to the axis often prove difficult.
He noted that some of the facilities deployed for communication especially those at Marina in Lagos Island develop faults at random and makes radio communication extremely difficult.