Two persons are now in the police detention, for allegedly stealing five cows in Ifaki Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The suspects, according to the Commander of Vigilante Group of Nigeria, (VON), Mr Akin Olorunloni, were apprehended along Ifaki-Iworoko road around 3.30 am on Tuesday.
Olorunloni explained that the cattle rustlers, numbering seven came in a white Hummer bus and were heading towards Iworoko Ekiti were given a hot chase by his after noticing their suspicious moves.
He said that they fled into the bush in different directions upon realizing that they were being trailed while two were arrested and taken to the office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.
Though the driver of the bus succeeded in escaping from the scene with the stolen cows the police and other security agents in the state have commence investigation on the matter.
“They stole the cows in Ifaki Ekiti here at a grazing site and moved towards Ado Ekiti. My men who were on night patrol suspected the move and gave them a hot chase.
“Though , we could not arrest all of them but those apprehended confessed that they were in the town to steal those cattle . As law abiding organisation, we immediately took them to SARS operatives in the state capital where they are being detained.
“They confessed to us that five cows were in the bus and the police
have taken up the matter,” he said.
Confirming the arrest, the State Command Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, said the two are helping the police in their investigations.
Adeyemi said: “Yes, they were arrested and brought here by our men after committing the crime. The suspects said two of those that had fled were from Edo State and others were from Ekiti.
“The suspects are cooperating and they are giving us useful information on how to arrest those that had escaped as soon as possible”.
It would be recalled that Governor Ayodele Fayose had last week met with members of the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the state over the passage of anti-grazing law, having inaugurated Ekiti State Grazing Enforcement Marshal to arrest whoever flout the law.