Herdsmen Attack: Night Grazing Is A Crime In Edo
An Igbo adage says carrying a load on bare head without any support is a decision one takes when carrying the load becomes an extreme necessity.
That is the road that the Edo State government is taking to guard against unforeseen herdsmen attacks on local farmers who are trying to boost the state’s agriculture prowess.
It has now become a crime to take cattle around the state at night for grazing and there is punishment for such practice.
The ban also prohibits the carrying of guns by herdsmen while taking care of their herds.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo, who announced this on Thursday in Benin, said the government had set up a seven-man committee in each of the 18 Local Government areas of the state to enforce the order.
Obaseki spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting with the Serikin Hausa/Fulani from the 18 LGA’s of the state.
The committee is saddled with the responsibility of visiting all cases of herdsmen/farmer clashes in all the local government areas for amicable resolution.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the seven-man committee set-up included the Chairmen of the LGA’s, the Divisional Police Officers (DPO’s), representatives of State Security Service (SSS) and four representatives from each of the communities in the state.
He said the state government would release the report of clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state to the committees for review and action.
“The committees will ensure the registration of all the Serikin Fulani in every community across all the local government areas and the Serikin Fulani will liaise with everyone rearing cattle in the state,” the governor added.