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Bayelsa Bans Open Grazing, To Arrest Armed Herders

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Bayelsa Bans Open Grazing, To Arrest Armed Herders

Bayelsa Government has enacted a law prohibiting open grazing of livestock in the state.

Gov. Douye Diri assented to the Livestock Breeding, Rearing, and Marketing Regulation Law 2021 on Wednesday at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Yenagoa.

He said the essence of the law was to ensure harmonious living between cattle dealers and other inhabitants of the state and to forestall violent clashes being experienced in other parts of the country.

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His words: “Bayelsa welcomes all and sundry to eke out a living legitimately. The people of Bayelsa want to have a mutual and harmonious relationship with non-natives and natives.

“The essence of the law is to avert and forestall any clash between herdsmen, farmers, natives, and non-natives as experienced in some states,” he said.

The law, according to the governor, stipulates that any herdsman found with arms, whether licensed or not, should be arrested.

He said that the law established a livestock management committee to regulate livestock activities in the state.

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Members of the committee include the Commissioner for Agriculture, security agencies, and youths.

“From the commencement of the law, no person shall breed, rear, or trade-in livestock in the state in any other place as may be designated by the committee and approved by the state government.

“The law prohibits movement of cattle on foot from other parts of the country into the state, inspection of livestock, and certification by veterinary doctors at the entry point into the state among others,” he said.

Diri said that by assenting to the law, any person found engaging in open grazing of livestock on foot commits an offense and would be arrested and prosecuted with the livestock impounded.

The governor also signed into law the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law 2021.

He explained that the law was to prevent certain harmful practices against women and children.

He said with its enactment, Bayelsa has domesticated the Federal law, which had been in existence.

In his remarks, Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere, while presenting the bills for the governor’s assent, said the livestock regulation bill was to prevent clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

Also giving an insight into the VAPP Bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Tare Porri, the Speaker said the aim was to eliminate violence against women and to also ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

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Gov. Ganduje Approves N2.5bn For The Purchase Of Mass Transit Buses

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Gov. Ganduje Approves N2.5bn For The Purchase Of Mass Transit Buses
Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano State

The Kano State Government has approved N2.5 billion for the purchase of Mass Transit Buses to ease the movement of people in the state.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this on Monday in Kano during an interactive session with newsmen to mark Democracy Day.

According to him, “the purchase will be done through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). We have identified some routes which will be designated for the buses.”

READ ALSO: Oyo Govt. Approves N9.3bn For Purchase Of 106 Mass Transit Buses

Ganduje said that the government is trying to introduce the mass transit system in addition to a light rail project, for which it has signed an agreement with a private company for the construction.

“We have appealed to the Federal Government and a Chinese bank and they have approved a loan for the light rail project,” he said.

The governor also said that the foundation stone for the light rail project would be laid before the end of 2021.

“It will take a long process and the incoming governor will continue from where we stopped, he said.

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Deltans To Jihadists: If You Feel Upset Over Ban, Go To Court, Not War

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Deltans To Jihadists: If You Feel Upset Over Ban, Go To Court, Not War

Igbo residents in Delta have expressed their support for Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa over the ban on open grazing across the state.

Mr. Peter Chukwu, the Ezendigbo in Delta Central and Southern Districts, gave the support while addressing newsmen on Monday in Warri after leading a delegation of the Igbo community to the Palace of Olu of Warri on a condolence visit to the Itsekiris over the transition of the immediate past Olu, Ogiame Ikenwoli.

READ ALSO: Fears In Delta As ‘Fulani Jihadists’ Threaten To Wreck Havoc

The Igbo leader urged herdsmen threatening anarchy in Delta following the ban, to embrace peace.

He said that the Southern governors’ position on the ban on open grazing is constitutional.

“Whoever feels agitated should approach the court of law to seek redress rather than engaging in self-help or anarchy.

“These times call for open reflection, peace, and dialogue rather than beating war drums. We will never forget where we are coming from,” he said.

Chukwu described late Ikenwoli as a peace-loving and cool-headed royal father who fostered good relationships with the various ethnic groups in the state, including the Igbos.

He appealed to the Olu-designate, Omoba Tsola Emiko, to emulate Ikenwoli to sustain his good legacies.

The funeral rites of the late Ikenwoli will begin with a commendation service on June 18 in Warri, while the installation of the 21st Olu of Warri is slated for Aug. 21.

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Fears In Delta As ‘Fulani Jihadists’ Threaten To Wreck Havoc

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Fears In Delta As 'Fulani Jihadists' Threaten To Wreck Havoc

Residents of Asaba, Delta State capital, have been thrown into confusion, following a threat letter by Fulani jihadists to attack the capital city over Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s support for the ban on open grazing in the southern part of the country.

The threat letter, which was pasted in some parts of the state, including the premises of Living Faith Bible Church (aka Winners Chapel), Infant Jesus Road in Asaba, the Fulani jihadists vowed to carry out their threat if Okowa does not withdraw his support for the ban on open grazing within 72 hours.

The Fulani fundamentalists in the letter, entitled “Fulani Jihadist Warning: An Open Message of 2 Paragraphs To Delta State.”

It reads: “This is to inform Delta State that the Fulanis of Usman Dan Fodio leadership shall do everything it can to uphold the legacy of our heritage of open grazing, for we are nomadic people from origination and shall never negotiate the ownership of Nigeria and West Africa and sub-Sahara.

“We, hereby, ask the governor of Delta State to immediately withdraw his earlier stand on the ban of open grazing in 17 regions in not less than 72 hours from the above date and also withdraw his position as the leading voice of the governors, even before the hosting of the South-South, South-East and South-South governors meeting in Asaba.

“Failure to adhere to this demand for being the host of the 17 governors, Delta State, most likely the city of Asaba and Agbor, shall encounter severe consequences than that of Bornu, Kebbi, Kastina, Kaduna, Enugu, Benue, Oyo and many more that will not respect the Fulani’s heritage.

“We take responsibility for the detonated explosive uncovered in the state secretariat, which should serve as warning to the Delta State government for what is to come, should the governor fail to abide by our demand.

“We advise all Fulanis and northerners, including the security personnel, to leave Delta State as soon as possible for the wind of our action is now present in the land. For failure of the governor to adhere to our call, this shall leave us with no choice.”

This threat is coming weeks after governors of the 17 southern states met in Asaba, the state capital, where they banned open grazing of cattle in the region, which was rejected by the Federal Government through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who claimed the decision of the governors violates the rights of herdsmen to free movement.

Newsrand, however, understands that the Nigerian constitution only guarantees the free movement of persons, but not of livestock.

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