Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has signed the Anti-Grazing Bill into law.
Fayose signed the bill on Monday at the Government House Chambers, after the bill was deliberated on by the State House of Assembly.
The bill was sponsored by the executive after the killing of two persons by suspected herdsmen in Oke Ako community in Ikole Local Government Area of the state.
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Governor Fayose said:
“With the signing into law of this bill today, anyone caught grazing with arms or any weapon in Ekiti would now be charged with terrorism and be made to face the law according to certain sections of it.”
“The same goes for those who graze in prohibited areas or go against the time frame of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. allowed for open grazing.”
The new law criminalizes grazing in certain locations and places time limit for grazing activities.
He said that the law would also strengthen security in various communities across the state, adding that anyone that fouled the law stood the risk of being treated as terrorist.
Shedding more light on the new bill, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Kolawole Oluwawole, said the lawmakers gave it accelerated hearing as part of its collaborative efforts towards maintaining peace and order in the state.
“Anyone caught grazing on portions of land or any farmland not allotted by government shall be apprehended and made to face the law.”
“Any herdsman caught with firearms and any weapons whatsoever during grazing shall be charged with terrorism.”
“Any cattle confiscated shall be taken to government cattle ranch at Erifun and Iworoko Ekiti community in the state.”
“Any farm crop destroyed by the activities of any apprehended herdsman shall be estimated by agricultural officers and the expenses of the estimate shall be borne by the culprit.”
“Any herdsman who violates any of these rules shall be imprisoned for six months without option of fine.”