Anti-graz­ing Law: No plans to sue Ek­iti, says GAFDAN

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The Chair­man of Gan Al­lah Fu­lani De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion in Ek­iti State, Al­haji Issa Adamu, says they have no plans to take the state gov­ern­ment to court over its Anti-graz­ing Law.

The Ay­o­dele Fayose ad­min­is­tra­tion en­acted the law in Au­gust 2016 to check the in­ces­sant clashes be­tween herders and farm­ers in the state. Ac­cord­ing to the law, car­ry­ing guns by herders and lead­ing their cat­tle to graze on some places are crim­i­nal of­fences.

Adamu, who called for the state gov­ern­ment to re­view the law on Satur­day, said it was pre­vent­ing and dis­cour­ag­ing cat­tle rear­ers from go­ing about their le­git­i­mate busi­ness freely.

The GAFDAN chief ad­vised the state gov­ern­ment to or­gan­ise a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing to dis­cuss the way for­ward.

He said, “We have no plans to take the state gov­ern­ment to court over the law. All we want is for the law to be given a hu­man face so that our peo­ple can work to earn a liv­ing.

“The state gov­ern­ment needs to call GADFAN, Miyetti Al­lah, hun­ters, farm­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers, among oth­ers, for a roundtable dis­cus­sion so that we dis­cuss how to go about it and how to co­habit peace­fully with­out any side be­ing a pest to the other. We are sup­posed to have in­put into the law.”

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