“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” is a popular quote in Animal Farm, a book written by renowned author George Orwell.

This quote seems to best describe the statement credited to the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Mustapha Dandaura that the Police cannot arrest herdsmen who allow their cattle to stray onto airport runways in the country.

He said herdsmen can only be arrested in states where the anti-open grazing law is effective.

However, Dandaura said that all policemen and other security officials at the airports had been instructed to stay on high alert.

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“It’s only in states where the anti-open grazing law is in place that herdsmen can be arrested for allowing their cattle to graze on airport runways.

"Apart from those states, we have not been told to start arresting herdsmen.

“But we have already alerted our men at the airports to ensure such incident does not occur again. The state police commands have also been carried along and everyone is on the alert.

“We can’t have a situation whereby cows would be straying onto and grazing on airport runways because it is embarrassing. Everyone is now on the alert and it’s going to be prevented.”

Last Saturday, an Air Peace flight from Lagos was prevented from landing at the Akure Airport, Ondo State because cows had taken over the runway.

Cows now seem to be more important than human lives

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