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Anti Open Grazing Law: Here’s What Lagos Lawmakers Are Seeking



Anti Open Grazing Law: Here's What Lagos Lawmakers Are Seeking

The anti open grazing law, on Monday, September 6, 2021, passed its second reading at the state House of Assembly in Lagos.

Following the Monday event, Lagos lawmakers held a public hearing of the controversial bill on Wednesday, September 8, during which the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), said cows would be unaffordable in the state, such that their price may go up as much as N2 million for each should the state government passes the proposed anti open grazing law.

Newsrand, however, presents below six important aspects of the anti open grazing law below…

  • N50,000 fine per head of cattle for grazing on another person’s land

According to section 2 (1) of the bill: “Any person that owns or is in control of cattle and causes or permits such cattle to graze on any land that does not belong to the owner of the cattle, or is not within an area designated for cattle grazing, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to payment of a fine of fifty thousand Naira (N50,000) per head of cattle and payment for the costs incurred for impounding, transporting and maintaining the cattle by the order of the court.”

  • Impounded cattle must be claimed with seven days or owner risks permanent forfeiture

Section 2 (2) and (3) states that “any person that owns or is in control of such impounded cattle must claim them before the expiration of seven days from the day the cattle were impounded or be liable to permanent forfeiture of such cattle by order of the court. All unclaimed cattle under subsection two (2) of this section shall be publicly auctioned”.

  • Grazing in an enclosed land must be approved by ministry of agriculture

Section 3 (1) and (2) says: “Any person that owns or is in control of cattle shall not cause or permit such cattle to graze in an enclosed land, without obtaining approval from the ministries of environment and agriculture. Such approval shall not be granted where the enclosed land is within a residential area.”

  • 21-year imprisonment for firearm possession

Section 4 (1) and (2) states that “any person found to be in possession of firearms while herding cattle commits an offence and is liable on conviction to twenty-one (21) years imprisonment.

“Any person found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon or object, with intent to wound or cause grievous bodily harm to another person while herding cattle commits an offence and is liable on conviction to seven (7) years imprisonment”.

  • Establishment of task force on cattle trespass

Section 7 provides that the state will establish a task force on cattle trespass for the purpose of law enforcement.

“The task force shall have units located in every cattle pound established within the state,” the section reads.

“The task force shall have the power to collaborate with the commissioner of police concerning the prohibition of open cattle grazing within the state.

“The task force shall be comprised of officers from the ministry of agriculture and law enforcement agents within the state.

“The task force may co-opt persons from within the community that the task force is located in, to work with the task force.”

  • Opposing seizure of cattle attracts N250,000 fine or six-month imprisonment

According to section 11, “any person who forcibly opposes the seizure of cattle liable to be seized as provided for under this law, or forcibly retrieves the cattle after the seizure, either from a cattle pound or from any person taking or about to take them to a cattle pound, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a maximum term of imprisonment of six months, or a maximum fine of two hundred and fifty thousand Naira (N250,000) or both imprisonment and fine”.

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Deborah: Gov. Tambuwal Eases 24-hour Curfew In Sokoto



Deborah: Gov. Tambuwal Eases 24-hour Curfew In Sokoto

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has eased the 24-hour curfew imposed on Sokoto State after civil unrest trailing the death of Deborah Samuel arose.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Isah Galadanci, and made publicly available, reviewing the curfew to dusk to dawn.

“Sequel to the briefing by the Security Heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR Mutawallen Sokoto, has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis. The statement read.

READ ALSO: Tambuwal Declares Curfew In Sokoto Over Deborah’s Death

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is to afford people the opportunity to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.

“The Government, however, advises people to maintain peace in this regard, as it will not condone any breach of law and order in the State.”

Recall, Deborah, a second-year student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam.

Following the arrest of the suspects, civilians had taken to the street to protest their release, leaving the streets of Sokoto in total chaos.

The Governor had then placed a 24-hour curfew on Saturday, May 14th, 2022, to curtail the situation.

“Following the sad incident that happened at the Shehu Shagari College of Education on Thursday and sequel to the developments within (Sokoto) metropolis this morning till afternoon, by the powers conferred on me by Sections 176(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Section 1 and 4 of the Public Order Act, and also Section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, I hereby declare, with immediate effect, a curfew within (Sokoto) metropolis of Sokoto township for the next 24 hours,” he said.

Relaxing the restriction, Tambuwal said that, it was a way to enable residents of the state to embark on their legitimate business in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Lagos Elections: Ambode’s Ally Secures APC N50Mn Governorship Form



Lagos Elections: Ambode’s Ally Secures APC N50Mn Governorship Form

Wale Oluwo, a close friend of former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has purchased his All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship form, as he will rival Gov. Sanwo-Olu for the seat.

Oluwo submitted his forms to the party on Wednesday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The party had previously a single aspirant for the seat, extended the sales of forms, as the former Energy and Mineral Resources Commissioner during Ambode’s tenure, seized the opportunity.

READ ALSO: Lagos State GAC Approves Sanwo-Olu 2nd Term Bid

The deadline set by the APC for the sales of nomination and expression of forms was initially May 10, 2022.

The APC aspirant vowed to defeat the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the APC governorship primary election later this month.

So far, only two aspirants have submitted the party’s governorship forms in Lagos — Sanwo-Olu and Oluwo.

Recall, APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, had endorsed Sanwo-Olu for the second term in 2023.

The Presidential aspirant, had in 2018 kicked against the second term bid of Ambode, which led to the emergence of Sanwo-Olu as the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in the state.

Since the end of Military rule, Ambode became the first Lagos State Governor to lose a second term.

Tinubu was governor between 1999 and 2007; as well as current Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was governor from 2007 to 2015.

Since Ambode left office in 2019, Ambode has stayed off politics. He also has not been seen at functions with any of his predecessors or his successor.

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Gov. Ganduje Secures N20 Million Senatorial Form



Gov. Ganduje Secures N20 Million Senatorial Form

The Governor of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has picked up his All Progressive Congress (APC) N20 million senatorial form.

This was made known by the Governor’s media aide, Abba Anwa, who stated that the form was purchased by stakeholders in the Kano North Senatorial District.

“This was a form of gesture, aimed at appreciating Ganduje’s political antecedents toward the spread of socio-economic development in Kano North. Anwa said.

READ ALSO: Resign Now, Says Buhari To Ministers Seeking Elective Office

Gov. Ganduje has expressed his interest to vie for the Kano North Senatorial seat in 2023 in pursuit of his next political ambition.

Already, Senator Barau Jibrin, who is currently representing Kano North has equally procured an expression of interest to re-contest in 2023.

With this, the stage is set for incumbent Senator Barau to slug it out with the governor whose tenure will elapse next year.

Senator Barau on the other hand is not resting on his oars, as he has within the last one month been crisscrossing Local Government Areas, within his territorial zone, vigorously campaigning for continuity, insisting that he spread the dividends of democracy at the doorsteps of constituents.

Similarly, Ganduje is campaigning underground to woo prominent stakeholders of Kano North to cast their votes for him, promising to add value to their lives.

Earlier, Ganduje advanced reasons why he anointed his deputy to succeed him, pointing out that he has established that Dr. Nasir Yusuf Gawuna has been a trusted and reliable partner, with whom he piloted the state to another level of socio-economic development.

Besides, he explained that the decision was not unilateral but collective taken by prominent stakeholders and interest groups.

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