.Herdsman caught with firearms during grazing shall be charged with terrorism
The Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, on Monday signed the “Anti Grazing Bill 2016”, recently passed by the House of Assembly, into law.
The bill was an executive response to the killing of two persons by suspected herdsmen in Oke Ako community in Ikole Local Government Area of the state.
The new law criminalises grazing in some places and at certain times in the state.
Signing the bill, Fayose said that the new law would check cases of incessant attacks or killings of local residents and destruction of farmlands by herdsmen and their cattle.
He said that the law would also strengthen security in various communities across the state and warned that anyone who contravened the law stood the risk of being treated as terrorist.
Fayose said: “With the signing into law of this bill today, anyone caught grazing with arms or any weapon in Ekiti would now be charged with terrorism and be made to face the law according to certain sections of it.
“The same goes for those who graze in prohibited areas or go against the time frame of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. allowed for open grazing.”
Under the new law, any herdsman caught with firearms and any weapons whatsoever during grazing shall be charged with terrorism.