– Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria sues Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo over the state’s anti-graft law
– The herdsmen claim the law is a violation of their rights
– The law was passed by the Oyo state House of Assembly in October 2019
Herdsmen operating in Oyo, south western Nigeria, have dragged the executive arm of government headed by Seyi Makinde and the state’s House of Assembly to court.
The suit, PM NEWS reports, was initiated by the herdsmen in protest against the state’s anti-grazing law.
The herdsmen are said to have complained that the law is a violation of their fundamental rights.
The report said the herdsmen filed the suit under the umbrella of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria.
They also joined the state’s attorney-general and commissioner for justice in the suit.
On October 22, 2019, Legit.ng had reported that the Oyo state House of Assembly commenced work on an anti-grazing bill that would restrict the movement of herders and their cows across the state.
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The state’s lawmakers had said, on Monday October 21, that the bill sponsored by the speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin; his deputy, Abiodun Fadeyi; the majority leader, Sanjo Adedoyin; and the minority leader, Asimiyu Alarape, was not targeted at herdsmen.
The bill was, however, rejected by the herdsmen, who pleaded with the residents not to allow it sail through.
In the bill, which was later passed, the House approved ranching in place of open grazing and imposed fines and other punishment for those who flout the law.
A part of the law states that open rearing or grazing of livestock is an offence which attracts imprisonment of five years or a fine of N500,000 or both.
Further offence by a person earlier found guilty will attract 10 years imprisonment or a fine of N2 million or both.