Governor Ayo Fayose on Tuesday 1 November 2016 received members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder’s Association at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti.
The governor, following dialogue with the herdsmen association, announced that he has suspended the operation of the newly inaugurated Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshall (EGEM) for the time being.
The governor who denied that the marshals were killing cows (although he was quoted telling them to slaughter straying cows for stomach infrastructure), said after the meeting:
“The marshals are not armed. There is total misinformation about killing of cows, shooting of cows. It is pure political and misinformation.
“So, when we leave here, I am going to go show them their cows, where they are kept and because of the accord and their understanding after the Thursday meeting I will release the cows to them for them to know that we are not extremists.
“All I want is people obeying our laws and collaborating together in the overall interest of our state.
“They have assured me that they are ready to cooperate, they have accepted the marshals. They only want to be part of the marshals so that they can equally enforce these laws with us because they know their people very well and they assured me that nobody among the herdsmen will go and use their cattle to feed on the farmlands and attack any of the citizens.
“They have demanded that I should allow them three days for them to move some of these cattle to permanent areas where they will be grazing. So, I have suspended the activities of the marshals for the next five days.”