The Abia State House of Assembly has passed into law the bill to control nomadic cattle rearing and prohibition of grazing routes in the state.

The bill was sponsored by Martins Azubuike, member representing Isiala Ngwa North state constituency.

Speaking to journalists after passage of the bill, the speaker, Chikwendu Kalu said the anti grazing law is necessary to checkmate the worrisome activities of herdsmen who have been a major threat to lives, property and peace of the land.

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"What is happening between herdsmen and farmers is worrisome. We have experienced much loss of lives and properties, hence the need to promulgate a law for the purposes of checkmating their activities. We have been experiencing on matters of urgent public importance, the constant clashes between farmers and herdsmen and in view of this there was need for us to get a legislation that will take care of the situation."

Kalu also noted that the law has stipulated strict sanctions for defaulters, charging the arm saddled with the responsibility of implementing it to be up and doing.

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