- It seems open grazing ha been outlawed in Nigeria as far as many years back
- This is evidenced by a court judgment in Abeokuta, Ogun state which outlawed open grazing in the country
- The judgment which was not challenged was given by Justice Adewale Thompson
As controversies surrounding Governor Akeredolu's order concerning herdsmen continues to grow, a revelation has emerged that will boost the argument of those who support the Ondo state chief executive.
The revelation is in form of a 1969 judgement in Abeokuta, Ogun state which outlawed open cattle grazing.
According to PM News, the judgment, which was not challenged, was given by Justice Adewale Thompson on 17 April, 1969 in Suit no AB/26/66.
Johnson died in 2004 at the age of 82, his last role in retirement being secretary of Yoruba Elders Council(YCE).
He was quoted to have said:
“I do not accept the contention of Defendants that a custom exists which imposes an obligation on the owner of farm to fence his farm whilst the owner of cattle allows his cattle to wander like pests and cause damage. Such a custom if it exists, is unreasonable and I hold that it is repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience and therefore unenforceable…in that it is highly unreasonable to impose the burden of fencing a farm on the farmer without the corresponding obligation on the cattle owner to fence in his cattle.”
“Sequence to that I banned open grazing for it is inimical to peace and tranquility and the cattle owners must fence or ranch their animals for peace to reign in these communities.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a group of cattle breeders in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal, has said no one has the right to evict herdsmen from the forest reserves in Ondo state because all the land in Nigeria belong to Fulani.
Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, the national president of the association told the Sun newspaper in an interview that herders will not obey Akeredolu’s directive mandating them to vacate the forests reserves.
He said the herders do not need anybody’s permission to use a forest for grazing so far as it provides the nutrients needed by their cattle.
Legit.ng also reported that Nigeria Police Force is reportedly planning to arrest a youth leader, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, over the quit notice he issued to herdsmen in a community in Oyo state.
The inspector-general of police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, ordered the arrest of the youth leader for his ultimatum to the cattle dealers.
According to the publication, the BBC Hausa stated that a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu had confirmed the IGP’s order.
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