The list of Southern States banning open grazing increases further on Wednesday as Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom in Uyo, signed into law a Bill to Prohibit Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock and the Establishment of Ranches in the state.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Aniekan Bassey, presented the Bill for the governor’s assent alongside the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Uko Udom (SAN).
The governor noted at the ceremony that the new law was no respecter of persons irrespective to status or calibre.
He instructed relevant authorities of government to ensure that the law was implemented and enforced to the letter, stressing that culprits must be brought to book accordingly.
He said the law would promote modern techniques in animal husbandry and prevent the destruction of farms by grazing cattle.
He said that the law would also reduce clashes and killings between herders and farmers in the state.
In another development, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Kaduna State Command, Mr Abdullahi Mudassiru, has embarked on on-the-spot assessment and patrol of the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalije, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Kaduna.
Jalige said the CP was on on-the-spot assessment of the expressway because of the kidnapped of the Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara, Alhaji Alhassan Attahiru, on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
On his entourage were the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP Mustapha Bala, Area Commander, Kakuri, ACP Shuaibu Sani and the officer-in-charge of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command.
The statement said the patrol was aimed at upgrading the security strategy along the highway and to also have an on-the-spot assessment of the scene of the emir was kidnapped.
“The CP will also have an interface with personnel deployed in that axis in order to boost their moral towards ending the menace of kidnappings along the highway,” Jalije said.