Armed herdsmen risk prosecution as Bayelsa bans open grazing

March 11, 2021
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Daniels Igoni, Yenagoa

THE Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Douye Diri, on Wednesday, signed into law the state’s bill banning open grazing of livestock in the state.

Diri assented to the legislative document titled, ‘Livestock Breeding and Marketing Regulation Bill, 2021,’ at the Government House, Yenagoa, shortly after the passage by the state House of Assembly.

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

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

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

He also stated that the law establishes a livestock management committee to regulate livestock activities in the state.

Diri further said, “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.”

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