Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has signed the “Anti Grazing Bill 2016” which was recently passed by the House of Assembly into Law.
According to the Governor, The new law will strengthen security in various community and check incessant attacks by the herdsman.
“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 Governor said.
The break down of the bill according to the Speaker of the House of Assembly is as follows :
“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.”