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‘Constitution will guide enforcement of Ekiti anti-grazing law’


Commissioner of Police (CP) Ekiti State, Wilson Inalegwu

Commissioner of Police (CP) Ekiti State, Wilson Inalegwu

The new Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, has said his command will be guided by the law of the federation in enforcing the “Ekiti State Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing Act 2016.”

He also expressed the willingness of the police to partner the state government to get rid of criminals.

Inalegwu in his maiden interaction with the media yesterday explained the position of the police in the enforcement of the anti-grazing law in the state.

His predecessor, James Etop did not make any official statement on the controversial law.

The law was enacted by Governor Ayodele Fayose’s administration to check the activities of armed herdsmen who destroy farmlands in the state.

According to the CP: “We shall be guided by the law in enforcing the anti-grazing law. The Police Act 1990 gives us the power to enforce all laws and this we shall apply in this regard.

“We are going to study the law, examine the provisions in line with what the constitution says. We will also look at the powers of the police to know what to do under this circumstance.”

Also, concerned about the activities of a gang called ‘yahoo boys’ and Indian hemp peddlers in the state, the CP pledged that his men would rid the state of these criminals and make Ekiti attractive to investors.

“I cannot be a commissioner of police in a state and people will be defrauding innocent citizens or hawking Indian hemp openly. These are unacceptable and my men shall surely go after them,” he said.

Speaking on the recent bank robbery in Otun Ekiti where five persons were killed, the police boss assured that the perpetrators would be arrested soon, adding that his men were already on their trail.

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