The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has expressed reservations about the anti grazing law recently enacted by Governor Ayodele Fayose in Ekiti state.
The law criminalizes open grazing in the state by herdsmen and stated that any herdsman caught in possession of guns will be arrested for terrorism.
ACF National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, on Tuesday, said any law passed by Ekiti State, which contradicted the law of the Federal Government should be considered null and void.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees free movement of Nigerians as long as they pursue their legitimate business,” he said, but however described any individual or group that illegally carried arms against the state as a criminal.
“This is not the question of herdsmen or Fulani or anybody. Anybody carrying arms illegally is committing a serious offence against the state. Naturally, such people should be punished by the law.”
President of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Yerima Shettima, while condemning the attacks by the herdsmen, however, expressed reservation on the new law in Ekiti State.
“The issue of criminality perpetrated by some people should not be seen as an avenue to criminalise others.
‘‘Fayose should have looked at the issue in collaboration with the Federal Government. So, if he is passing the law to victimise other people, I don’t think it is right.”