USING MINORS AS HERDSMEN IS AN OFFENCE, POLICE TELLS HERDSMEN

Using Minors As Shepherds Is An Offence, Nigeria Police Tell Herdsmen Shina Olukolu, Oyo State Commissioner of Police The Nigeria Police Force says it is an offence for minors to herd cattle. This was disclosed at a meeting held on Saturday, comprising herdsmen, farmers, security agencies and Oyo State government officials on addressing the conflict between farmers and herdsmen in the state. This is just as the Oyo State government said the Grazing Control Bill would be passed into law before April 30 to help forestall farmers/herders conflicts in the…

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OYO TO ENACT LAW RESTRICTING GRAZING BEFORE APRIL 30

Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan The Oyo State Government Saturday disclosed that its House of Assembly would pass grazing control bill into law before April 30 aimed at forestalling the age-long farmers-herdsmen conflict in the state. When finally enacted, the state government revealed that any person that violates the legislation would face a two-year imprisonment and a fine of N500, 000 depending on the section breached. The incumbent governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi gave highlight of the bill at a stakeholders’ meeting the State Police Command organised yesterday to promote peaceful deliberation…

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MAN ARRESTED IN JIGAWA FOR BEHEADING HIS BROTHER OVER CATTLE

The Police Command in Jigawa has arrested a 22-year-old man, Gambo Sa’idu of Badakoshi village in Gwaram Local Government Area, for allegedly beheading his brother during an argument over cattle. The command Public Relations Officer, SP Audu Jinjiri, who confirmed the incident to NAN in Dutse, said one Gambo killed his brother Haladu,40, using a cutlass. He explained that Gwaram Local Government police station received the report around 2. 45 p.m. on Wednesday in Badakoshi village in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state. Jinjiri said the police has visited…

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OSINBAJO MEETS MAMBILLA STAKEHOLDERS IN TARABA

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday charged governments and leaders in the country to provide security and food for the people, saying those are the pressing need of the citizens. “Our people already have enough problems as it is, and the most important thing for our people is the security of lives and property and food on their tables,” Osinbajo said at a meeting with government officials and community leaders as part of efforts at resolving the lingering dispute between farmers and herders in Mambilla Plateau. The meeting held at the…

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HERDSMEN TURN ABUJA NATIONAL STADIUM TO GRAZING FIELD

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Fulani herdsmen have  converted  the National Stadium, Abuja,  into a fertile land for cattle pasture  as weeds overtake the package B section of  the $360m  facility. Our correspondent,  who visited the stadium  on Tuesday,  saw  tall grasses in almost every part of the complex. Fresh and dried cow   dung could be seen on the asphalt within the complex showing that the animals regularly graze on the grasses  at the stadium. The security officials manning the  gate blamed the sports ministry  for the deterioration in the condition of…

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EDO ASSEMBLY BILL THAT SEEKS TO GIVE LAND TO HERDSMEN COMES UNDER ATTACK FROM STATE GOVT, NBA AND CAN

​The bill ​before the Edo House of Assembly to establish the Edo State Control of Nomadic Cattle Rearing/Grazing Law ​has been rejected by the state government​. The bill​, ​which has scaled through second reading​, ​was also rejected by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)​, among others. T​he​ stakeholders declared their opposition on Thursday at the public hearing organised by the House of Assembly. Governor Godwin Obaseki said he was not aware of the bill​​.​ ​Obaseki,​ represented by Solicitor General, Ministry…

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