Ogun Assembly suspends bill seeking to criminalize open cattle grazing

FULANI HERDSMEN MOVING THEIR CATTLES

Ogun State House of Assembly has suspended its consideration of a bill seeking the criminalization of open grazing of cattle by herdsmen in the state.

The Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi, announcing the decision during the House plenary in Abeokuta, said the bill is being stepped down because of the ongoing crisis between farmers and armed cattle herders across the country.

The Ogun State Animal Grazing Bill before its suspension had gone through the second reading and a public hearing in the Assembly.

The bill among other provisions seeks the establishment of ranches by people interested in rearing cattle in the state.

It stipulates a 20 year jail term for any herder convicted of carrying arms or attacking people with dangerous weapons, while rearing animals in the state.

Benue State which is the first state to enact the anti-open grazing bill is now under a siege by armed herders who had killed scores of people in the state.

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