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Ekiti NSCDC may take 43 cows to court for forfeiture order

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ekiti State Command, has threatened to take 43 cows arrested recently to court to obtain forfeiture order if the owners of the animals fail to come forward.

The command stated that despite constant announcements to the general public, including Cattle Breeders Association in the state about the cows, which had been in its custody, no one has claimed the ownership

It added that the money realised from the sales would be used to compensate the farmers whose farm products were destroyed by the cows.

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In a statement signed yesterday by its Public Relations Officer, Afolabi Tolulope, the Ekiti NSCDC stated that the cows were arrested in Orin-Ekiti where they were found destroying farms, and storage bans of some farmers.

The destruction, the NSCDC stated, led to serious damage to the farms.

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“The action later led to a serious outcry from the farmers in the town who were ready to kill all the cows in retaliation, necessitating the keeping of the cows in civil defence custody to avoid unnecessary vendetta.

“The cows have remained in the custody of the command ever since, but all efforts to identify their owners have proved abortive, even as their upkeep continues to cost they command a lot of feeding and veterinary services.

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“The command had earlier informed stakeholders in the state of the arrest, while the anti-grazing agency in the state was also briefed on the development to assist in announcing to herders in the state who might be searching for lost cows to visit the state headquarters to identify them, but up till now, no one has shown up.

“In view of the enormous cost of their upkeep, the command cannot continue to keep the cows and will approach a court of competent jurisdiction to seek for an order of forfeiture and sale to partly compensate the farmers whose farms and products were destroyed,” the statement said.

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In another development, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday said that it had become illegal to engage in the practice of open defecation by residents of the state.

Fayemi stated this yesterday while launching the Ekiti State Open Defecation Free (ODF) roadmap and flag-off of Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Ekiti campaign in Ado Ekiti.

The governor, who ordered immediate enforcement of operation one house, one toilet in the state for sustainable hygiene and improved health status of Ekiti residents, said the government would expend N9.6 billion on the programme, which would be done in partnership with corporate bodies, traditional institutions and other critical stakeholders.

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He said: “Henceforth, all government offices must have one functional toilet while there must be one toilet in every public and private office across the state.

“All traditional rulers should be champions in their domains and Ekiti Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA) should propagate the WASH policy across the 16 local councils.

In his remark, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said that through the National Diaspora Commission, the Federal Government intended to raise $1 billion from Nigerians in Diaspora to fund WASH programmes.

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