An association of Fulani herdsmen from Ilorin, who live in Ekiti state have condemned the new anti grazing law enacted by Governor Ayodele Fayose in the state.
The new law prohibits open grazing and stipulated that herdsmen caught with guns are to be arrested for terrorism.
However, the herdsmen, under the aegis of Jamu Nate Fulbe Association of Nigeria, said the law contradicted the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.
Their legal adviser, Mr. Umar Imam, argued that herdsmen who carried light weapons like cutlasses, knives, catapult and arrows within the time stipulated by the new law cannot be charged with terrorism.
“I have made it in my submission during the public hearing on the bill in the Ekiti state House of Assembly that these Fulani herdsmen used to use these lesser weapons for certain purposes that can make grazing easier.
“I also told them that movement at night while relocating from one place to another was to ensure that they don’t wreak havoc on the people during the day while relocating to other towns. I expected the state government to have taken care of these in the new law rather than total ban.
“What the state government ought to have done is to allow whoever wants to relocate at night to take permit from a certain government authority or inform their Seriki, but banning them from moving at night may not help the situation, it will make their jobs difficult.”
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