Night grazing and rearing of cattle at night has been banned in Enugu State. The ban came after a meeting between the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and leaders of Fulani/Shuwa Arab herdsmen in the state, on Monday.
Also banned at the meeting was carrying of firearms or any form of ammunition by herdsmen, as well as movement of cattle from one location to another at night in the state.
At the meeting convened by Ugwuanyi and attended by the secretary of the Fulani Community in the state, Bala Ardo, the leader of the Fulani community, Alhaji Ado Saidu Basu, the leader of the Shuwa Arab community in the state, Alhaji Ahmed Yahaya and the traditional rulers of Ibute Nze led leaders of three communities of Akpakwume, Ezi Nze and Ibute Nze communities in Udi council area of the state, it was also decided that compensation will be paid by herdsmen whose cattle destroy farm crops while the communities will pay for any cattle killed by their members.
Another decision reached at the meeting was the setting up of a peace committee made up of representatives of the various interest groups from the Fulani\Shuwa Arab community in the state, government representatives as well as security agencies.
The governor had convened the meeting in furtherance of ongoing efforts of the state government to find a lasting solution to the lingering clashes between Fulani herdsmen and their host communities, especially in the wake of the recent Nimbo killings. It was also decided that violators of these resolutions will face the full wrath of the law.
Addressing the meeting which held at the Government House, Enugu, Ugwuanyi sued for peace among all residents of the state even as he regretted the recent attacks by the herdsmen.