The Bayelsa State Government has impounded 34 cows belonging to herdsmen for violating the anti-open grazing ban in the state.
This was made known by the Bayelsa Livestock Management Committee (BSLMC) on Tuesday.
The cows were allegedly impounded while grazing around the Bayelsa Palm Estate in Yenegoa.
Speaking to newsmen, David Alagoa, Chairman of BSLMC, told newsmen that the herders were seen grazing their cattle at night, adding that the cows would remain in the custody of the committee until the herders paid the prescribed fine.
He said, “Over time, the communities around Bayelsa Palm Estate have become open fields for the cows because the herders are moving them and trekking around the area.
“We have been monitoring their movements over time and we decided to do a surprise hit.
“We are going to follow the law that states that when we impound, there is also a fee to be paid in that process and I want to assure you that we are going to follow the law.”