– Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has imposed a ban on grazing in some communities in the state
– Obaseki said the ban became necessary to stop further killings in the state
– The governor stressed the need to separate herdsmen from cattle rustlers, whom he said stole cattle, invaded farms and killed people
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state, on Sunday, April 15, announced a 90-day ban on grazing in some communities attacked by suspected herdsmen in the state, The Punch reports.
Obaseki also ordered the arrest of any erring herdsman during the period of the ban. This to enable the government to identify those lawfully allowed to graze in the areas so as to prevent further attacks.
NAIJ.com gathered that the affected communities include Odighi and Odiguete, in the Ovia north-east local government area of the state.
This is coming 48 hours after residents of Odighi community protested at the Government House against the killing of a pastor, the late Pius Eromosele, by suspected herdsmen.
The governor speaking during a meeting with members of the Odighi, Owan and Odigwuetue communities at the palace of the Enogie of Odighi, said the ban became necessary to stop further killings, as the duty of his administration was to protect the lives and property of the people.
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He also stated that a special task force, comprising various security agencies, would go round the affected communities within two weeks to get information that would help dislodge the criminals who posed as herdsmen in the forest.
Obaseki said: “We have set up a special task force made up of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, hunters and vigilance groups to comb bushes and dislodge squatter camps of killer herdsmen and ensure that no grazing takes place in Odighi, Odiguetue communities and their environs.”
He stressed the need to separate herdsmen from cattle rustlers, whom he said stole cattle, invaded farms and killed people, even as he assured that efforts were being made to identify the “real herdsmen” in the state.
“Before now, Fulani herdsmen were known for carrying sticks around to control their cattle. Today, some of them have become criminals.
“We have taken the designs of the old roads in these areas and in two weeks’ time, we will start the reconstruction of the roads. Tomorrow (Monday), government officials will be here to check the water system in the communities and fix it; so that the people will have access to potable water,” the governor stated.
NAIJ.com previously reported that an association of cattle breeders, the Billital Moroobe Association of Nigeria (BILPAN), faulted the anti-grazing law enacted in some states as a violation of the fundamental human rights of herdsmen.
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The national president of BILPAN, Alhaji Ali Rimindako, who made the statement on Monday, November 20, demanded for an end to anti-grazing law in states that had enacted the law.
The group said it was against the principles of natural law, equity and good conscience to prevent herdsmen from doing their business.
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