Niger State Environmental Protection Agency (NISEPA), has detained 159 animals for straying and constituting nuisance in Minna.
The General Manager of the agency, Mr Lucky Barau, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday in Minna, that the agency task force made the arrest in two days.
He said that the animals, which consisted of goats and sheep were also arrested with their kids and lambs.
“These stray animals have wreaked havoc in many gardens in the metropolis; we cannot fold our arms and watch the gardens the state government had spent huge sum of money to beautify the city go into ruins.
“Many of them have caused accidents that resulted to death, especially with motorcycles as they ran into them often on the motorways.
“If you cannot take care of animals do not rear them, it is unreasonable for somebody’s animal to cause losses for individuals and the state; we are not going to continue to tolerate that,” he said.
Barau said that the agency does not seize animals but arrest them until the owners come around to pay a fine for the detained animal’s release.
He said that the agency was magnanimous enough to charge only N1, 000 on each animal, saying that if an individual had ten animals arrested, the fine will attract N10, 000.
Barau said that the fine was for the expenses the agency incurred in feeding and caring for the animal while in its custody.