Governors of the South-Western region of Nigeria have placed a ban on open grazing of cattle within the region.
Following increased tensions of insecurity and incessant killings in the south-western states, a stakeholders meeting was held by leaders of the region with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and security operatives.
The ban was announced in a statement released after the meeting held on Monday in Akure, Ondo State.
“Today, the SW governors held a security stakeholders’ meeting in Ondo State. The meeting was attended by our brother governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs, SW zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
“Collectively, we resolved to ban open grazing in all parts of the south west. In Oyo State, we already have a law against open grazing which will continue to be implemented by our security agencies.
“I restated that we will not permit criminality as a response to criminal actions. Instead, we will continue to support our security agencies to do their duties. Also, we will work with our people to face our common enemies – the criminals; kidnappers, armed robbers and bandits.”
State Governors present at the meeting yesterday were Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa), and Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi).