CAN, NBA, Others Fault Edo Anti-Grazing Bill

Benue Govt. Denies Inducement On Anti-Grazing BillParticipants of a public hearing on the Edo State Anti-grazing Bill have advocated that the bill be thrown out in its entirety as it does not represent the wishes of Edo people.

Representatives of the Edo State governor, the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Bar Association in their presentations faulted sections of the bill stating that it will cause crisis in the state and legal problems in the courts if passed in its current form.

Spokesman of the Edo State House of Assembly Damian Lawani, however said the lawmakers expect the participants to proffer solution rather than focus on the problems with the bill.

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Taraba Farmers Protest Over Anti-Grazing Bill

Taraba Farmers Protest Over Anti-Grazing BillMembers of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria in Taraba State have staged a peaceful protest in support of the Anti-Open Grazing Bill in the state.

The protesters stormed the streets of Jalingo, the state capital in their number carrying farm implements, freshly harvested crops and placards with several inscriptions to express their opinions.

They were hopeful that the bill if passed into law would go a long way in checkmating the constant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

The farmers commended the State Governor, Darius Ishaku for initiating the executive bill which aimed at promoting ranching and modern method of grazing in Taraba State.

The solidarity rally ended at the State House of Assembly where the protesters were received by the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Honourable Abel Peter Diah.

The state chairman of the association, Mr Biyams Adamu, highlighted the reasons for the peaceful march and their visit to the House.

In his response, Honourable Diah appreciated the farmers’ support and urged them to follow due process in tabling their grievances.

Earlier, similar action was taken by herdsmen in the state where they demonstrated against the anti-grazing bill which has passed second reading at the House.

The lawmakers have advised all aggrieved parties to present their positions at the public hearing slated for the three zones in the state.

Herdsmen Protest Against Anti-Grazing Bill At Taraba Assembly

The herdsmen started their protest on Monday, June 12

No fewer than 2,000 herdsmen and their affiliates stormed the Taraba State House of Assembly in protest against the proposed anti-open grazing bill in the state.

The protesters converged on Jalingo, the Taraba state capital, and embarked on a procession through major streets before arriving at the State House of Assembly.

Bearing placards with different inscriptions and chanting solidarity songs in Hausa, they expressed their rejection of the proposed bill.

Security operatives were at the entrance of the Assembly to avert a breakdown of law and order and to prevent the protesters from advancing beyond their bounds.

Despite their presence, the protesters were relentless in their bid to make their grievances heard and pushed against some of the security personnel.

It took the intervention of the leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to bring the situation under control.

The Chairman of the Association in the state, Alhaji Sahabi Mahmud, told the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Abel Peter, and some principal officers who came out to listen to the protesters that the proposed bill is unconstitutional and aimed at depriving them of their livelihood.

Responding to their request, the Speaker said there is the need for the state government to encourage ranching in Taraba State.

The Speaker later told journalists that the laws of the state is not for any particular group and urged people to take time and study the bill.

According to the Speaker, the right place for the protesters to table their complaint is at the public hearing and not the House.

The Prohibition of Open Grazing Bill and the Establishment of Ranches in Taraba State 2017 is an executive bill which has passed second reading and is due for public hearing.

The Speaker explained that the bill is aimed at preventing clashes between herdsmen which would be beneficial to the state.

He allayed the fears of the protesters that the bill is aimed at depriving herders of their livelihood, saying instead it is meant to improve the lives of livestock and herders.

 

According to the speaker, when passed and signed into law, the bill will checkmate the activities of criminals hiding under the guise of grazing to perpetrate all forms of crime.

He explained that the bill will not stop herdsmen from coming into the state but it will require herdsmen in the state to obtain permits.

Ekiti and Benue are the only two states in the country that have so far passed anti-open grazing bills and signed them into law.

Police Apprehend Herdsmen For Murder In Ogun

Police, fulani herdsmen, cattle grazingThe Ogun State police command says it has arrested two Fulani herdsmen for killing another herdsman, in an attempt to steal his cow at Itadodo area of Ofada in Obafemi Owode local government area of the state.

Both men, Abdulahi Anaruwa and Mohammed Suleiman met the deceased, Garuba Mohammed while grazing with his cattle and two of his kinsmen, when they lured him into the nearby bush and macheted him to death on the October 28, 2016.

Luck run against them when a motorcycle rider saw them and alerted the people of the area who in turn called the Police.

The DPO of Owode Egba, CSP Sheu Alao, hurriedly led his men to the scene and the two suspects were immediately arrested.

The Commissioner Of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department for further investigation.

Mr Iliyasu further warned that crime and criminality will have no place in Ogun State and that those who are hell-bent in committing crimes will have the ever ready police command to contend with.

Anti-Grazing

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, recently had the anti-grazing bill passed into law to curb the practice of herdsmen rearing cows in cities; an act he has described as shameful.

This led to the establishment of the Grazing Enforcement Marshall, to enforce the Ekiti State Government’s Anti-Grazing Act, although their operations were suspended on Tuesday November 1 after issues were raised by the herders’ association, claiming that some of the animals were killed by the officials.

Fayose however denied claims that the marshals appointed to enforce the anti-grazing law‎ were shooting cows, while stating that the suspension was only temporary.

“The marshals are not armed. There is total misinformation about killing of cows, shooting of cows. It is pure political and misinformation.

“All I want is people obeying our laws and collaborating together in the overall interest of our state,” the Governor stated.

Fayose Suspends Anti-Grazing Marshals In Ekiti State

herdsmen, grazing, herdsmen attackThe operations of the Grazing Enforcement Marshall, established to enforce the Ekiti State Government’s Anti-Grazing Act has been suspended.

The Act prohibits herders from indiscriminate movement within the State with their animals at specified time.

Governor Ayodele Fayose suspended their operations on Tuesday after issues were raised by the herders’ association, claiming that some of the animals were killed by the officials.

He said they will only stay suspended for few days.

At a meeting with representatives of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder’s Association in Ado-Ekiti, Governor Fayose expressed happiness that the leaders of the association decided to contact the state government instead of listening to rumours being peddled around by the opposition.

We Are Not Extremist

He denied claims that the marshals appointed to enforce the anti-grazing law‎ were shooting cows.

“The marshals are not armed. There is total misinformation about killing of cows, shooting of cows. It is pure political and misinformation.

“So, when we leave here, I am going to go show them their cows, where they are kept and because of the accord and their understanding after the Thursday meeting I will release the cows to them for them to know that we are not extremists.

“All I want is people obeying our laws and collaborating together in the overall interest of our state.

“They have assured me that they are ready to cooperate, they have accepted the marshals. They only want to be part of the marshals so that they can equally enforce these laws with us because they know their people very well and they assured me that nobody among the herdsmen will go and use their cattle to feed on the farmlands and attack any of the citizens,” he told reporters after the meeting.

“They have demanded that I should allow them three days for them to move some of these cattle to permanent areas where they will be grazing. So, I have suspended the activities of the marshals for the next five days,” he added.

Cattle Breeders Seek FG’s Intervention In Ekiti Grazing Restrictions

Cattle rustling and Grazing RestrictionsThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria have appealed to the Federal Government and security agencies to wade into what it describes as an unprovoked aggression against its members in Ekiti State under the guise of enforcing restriction laws against cattle breeders.

In a statement by the National Secretary of the Association, Baba-Othman Ngelzarma, says members of the association were attacked by the Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshal by 2.30p.m. local time on Friday when the law allowed cattle breeders to move about with their cattle till 6:00p.m.

The association called on the Ekiti State government to compensate its members who list five cows to the activities of the Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshals, claiming that the officials operated outside the stipulated time recommended by the Ekiti Grazing Bill.

Anti-Grazing Bill

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, had in August signed an Anti- Grazing bill into law in a bid to curtail the alleged inordinate activities of herdsmen.

The Governor described as ‘shameful’ the practice of herdsmen rearing cows in cities, including the nation’s capital, Abuja

Governor Fayose also threatened to charge any cattle rearer found in the state carrying arms while grazing with terrorism.

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Governor Ayodele Fayose says the entire Ekiti people are behind the bill

After the signing the bill into law, he told stakeholders and leaders of communities across the 16 local government areas of the state in Ado Ekiti, the State’s capital, that the recent killings and attack on the people of Oke Ako Community in Ikole Local Government Areas of the state by suspected herdsmen was unfortunate.

The Act was read to the Assembly of all traditional rulers, chiefs and legislators by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole. It prohibits the activities of herdsmen in the state.

According to him, the state government is already working with local
government officials for the allocation of portions of land for grazing to all
local government authorities in the state.


The Speaker also gave the highlights of the Anti-Grazing Law, revealing that “grazing activities must be from 7:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. local time daily.

In the new law, anyone caught grazing on portions of land or any farmland not allotted by government would be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Anti-Grazing Law also provides that any herdsman caught with firearms or other weapons during grazing activities would be charged with terrorism and their cattle confiscated.

It also says that farm produce destroyed by the activities of any caught herdsman would be estimated by agricultural officers and the expenses of the estimate shall be levied on the culprit.

Any herdsman who violates any of these rules shall face six months’ imprisonment without option of fine, the law also stipulates.

Governor Fayose while appending his signature on the Anti-Grazing bill said passing the bill into law was borne out of his desire to interface with the traditional chiefs on security issues bedevilling the state.

Ajayi Ayodele, who spoke for the community, commended the Governor for signing the bill into law.

Fayose Defends Anti-Grazing Law, Clampdown On Herdsmen

Herdsmen, Ayo Fayose, Hard copy, anti-grazing billThe Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has defended his decision to sign a law prohibiting open grazing of cattle in the state.

The Governor, who was speaking on Channels TV programme, Hard Copy, has further inaugurated a task force to enforce the law, insisting that he has a duty to do whatever he can to protect the lives of his people,

He stated that the entire Ekiti people are behind the bill as citizens came out in thousands to show their support for the government on the day the bill was passed.

Governor Fayose described as shameful the practice of herdsmen rearing cows in cities, including the nation’s capital, Abuja.

He recalled that while growing up, herdsmen were known to carry ordinary sticks with which they directed their cattle, therefore “anything that will involve you being armed, you should check it as soon as possible”

“When people take advantage of harmless people, people that gave you space to do your business; you feed on their farmlands, their crops and you harass them daily because you have weapons.

“Where are they finding these AK47? Who is behind it?

“Let me tell you very expressly, Nigeria is a federation. Everybody as responsible leaders must take steps to curtail excesses of anybody that wants to take the lives of your people. I was elected Governor to protect lives and property.

“If you are hiding under cattle rearing to take lives of my people, to sleep with their daughters, to take their wives by force because they know you can come in the night and harass them, that will not work.”

Stomach Infrastructure

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Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshalls

He said that the new anti-grazing law would require everyone who wants to practice the business in Ekiti state to register with government through the Ministry of Agriculture.

“We must give you space. You must tell us where you’re doing it.”

On the effectiveness of the new law in the state, Governor Fayose expressed joy that so far the law has been well adhered to and those who have flouted it have had their cattle impounded.

“You don’t rear cattle in my state after 6PM. I will have you arrested and take all the cows and we will turn some of them to stomach infrastructure immediately without delay.

“I will call the public, they will roast it. Those who do not have enough protein by themselves they cut the thigh, some take the arm and they enjoy.”

The Ekiti State Governor has also inaugurated the Ekiti Enforcement Marshals, who are vested with the responsibility of arresting cattle grazing within Ado Ekiti the state capital and other parts of the state are to ensure the restriction of cattle movement between 7am and 6pm.

With a charge to carry out their duties in the overall interest of Ekiti people, Fayose asked the enforcement marshals to prevent the re-occurrence of Fulani herdsmen attack in the state.