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“Despite Ban On Open Grazing By Governor Akeredolu, Cows Take Over Major Streets In Ondo Commuters and residents in Akure, Ondo state has reported an increase in disruptive encounters with herdsmen and cattle grazing along its major roads despite Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s order banning open grazing in the state.
“Some residents told SaharaReporters that some cows on Monday blocked a road in Ayedun, a popular street in the state capital disrupting vehicular movement for many minutes…. https://youthsempowerment.com/?p=1485”, reads the post.
The post shows a photo of a cattle herder with cows along the roadside. Many people who posted the claim as it was seen here, here, here, here, here, and here used the same photo to depict the taking over of Ondo by cows.
But, does the photo have anything to do with Ondo? Does the photo show how cows take over Ondo state? PLATFORM TIMES look into it
The photo has been circulating online since 2014
When PLATFORM TIMES did a Google Reverse Image search on the photo, it led us to multiple uses of the photo as archived here. It was discovered that the same photo has been used multiple times by different online news platforms in Nigeria.
Also, PLATFORM TIMES observed that Premium Times used the same photo in another report published on 9 March 2014 with the headline: “Cattle breeders’ body, Miyetti Allah, elects new national officers”.
PLATFORM TIMES also observed that the report about cows taking over Ondo state was not reported by any major news outlet in the country. While the origin of the photo cannot be traced, it is misleading to say the photo was taken during the invasion of cows in Ondo state in 2021.
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