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WHAT USE IS ANTI-GRAZING LAW WITHOUT ENFORCEMENT, Igah to Okowa

The President General, Igbodo Development Union (IDU) Worldwide has appealed to the Delta State Government for urgent enforcement of the anti-grazing law to save the people from the menace of herdsmen.

According to him, “Insecurity associated with inhuman activities of Fulani herdsmen has brought hardship upon the people.

“But, for how long are we going to remain silent while continuing to suffer intimidation and hardship brought upon us by Fulani herdsmen.

“Hunger has been the order of the day all because Fulani herdsmen have taken over our farmlands and turned it into grazing land. The worrisome and annoying part is their criminality ranging from armed robbery and kidnapping with sophisticated weapons.

“No doubt we are living in fear of Fulani herdsmen, but as an agrarian community, the worst is for hunger to start killing the people because they are afraid to go to their farm to get what they will eat and also farm for more.

“The Fulani herdsmen have impoverished the people in so many ways, as they have turned the people into their lucrative business of kidnapping and collection of ransom for their release”.

Continuing, he said the people have begun to see the recent passing of anti-open grazing into law in Delta State as just an audio pronouncement, wondering what use it is without enforcement.

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Mr. Igah further appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to see to the enforcement of the law without further delay to save the people from continued torment by Fulani herdsmen.

Also responding to the menace of Fulani herdsmen, a resident of Emuhu Community who claimed anonymity said South-South governors are not sincere to the people in the passing of anti-grazing law which they have no power to enforce.

The anonymous who spoke to our correspondent through the phone said the police know the hideouts of the herdsmen terrorizing Agbor around the Railway line along Old Lagos Asaba Road and New Benin/Asaba Expressway and are notorious for being in the thick Emuhu bush cutting across neighboring Edo State communities like Otah, Igbanke, and the rest.

Continuing, he suggested that the uncultivated age-long lands which serve as the hideouts of the notorious Fulani herdsmen in Emuhu and Otah environs should be cleared.

According to him, “There is no doubt that Fulani herdsmen have taken over our lands and the government is doing nothing to put a stop to their atrocities.

“In Ika land, we have the army, police, and numerous vigilante outfits who have failed to chase the Fulani herdsmen out of our land.

“Not too long ago, the sound of a sophisticated gunshot from Fulani herdsmen chased away policemen at  Emuhu checkpoint and the hoodlums abducted some passersby”.

He further said he saw the reason why Edo state governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki has refused to sign the anti-open grazing bill into law, claiming it will be senseless of him to do so without enforcement at a recent Town-Hall meeting.

By Patrick Gbuchanye

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