Executive Governor of Ekiti State, His Excellency Ayodele Fayose, has on Monday, August 29, 2016 signed the Ekiti State Open Grazing Prohibition Bill into law. The law when fully in use will see to arrest of any herdman for carrying arms and also movement of livestock in the State and face stringent punishment without the option of fine.
The Governor said in line with his duty of safeguarding the lives and properties of his State, he had to immediately curb the incessant attacks been carried out in various parts of the country and most recent in Ekiti.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of over 3,000 traditional chiefs in the southwestern state. Under the law, herdsmen are forbidden from carrying arms and movement of cows and other animals from one location to another is prohibited.
The law prescribes six months imprisonment without option of fine for any herdsman who violates the grazing prohibition while any herdsman found with arms will be charged with terrorism.