Armed herdsmen to face terrorism charge – Fayose

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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said
any herdsman caught grazing in the state with
arms or in possession of any weapon will be
charged with terrorism and prosecuted
accordingly.

The governor stated this after signing a bill titled
‘Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing
in Ekiti, 2016’, into law on Monday during a
meeting with traditional rulers and chiefs at the
Government’s House in Ado Ekiti.
The bill was read to the gathering by the Speaker
of the state’s House of Assembly, Kolawole
Oluwawole, who hinted that the state government
was already planning to allocate land for grazing in
all the state’s local government areas.

Fayose, while signing the bill into law at the
meeting, said the purpose of the meeting was to
seek collaboration with the traditional rulers and
chiefs on security issues and other crimes in the
state.
The governor added, “My government took the bill
to the House after what happened in Oke Ako a few
months ago. The House has passed the bill and I
have to give my assent to it. It becomes a law
from today that if you do anything to the contrary,
you will be punished according to the law. Any
herdsman caught with firearms or any weapon
while grazing in Ekiti now will be charged with
terrorism.”
Giving insights into the bill, Oluwawole said
grazing activities must be from 7am to 6pm on a
daily basis.
The Speaker stated, “The government shall allot
certain portion of land to each local government for
grazing. Anyone caught grazing on portions of land
or any farmland not allotted by the government
shall be apprehended and made to face the law.
“Any herdsman caught with firearms and any
weapons whatsoever during grazing shall be
charged with terrorism. Any cattle confiscated shall
be taken to the government cattle ranch at Erifun in
Iworoko community.
“Any farm products destroyed by the activities of
any caught herdsman shall be estimated by
agricultural officer and the expenses of the
estimate shall be borne by the culprit. Any
herdsman who violates any of these rules shall be
imprisoned for six months without an option of
fine.”

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