The Kwara State has banned night grazing in the state as part of an effort to ensure greater peace between farmers and herdsmen and all members of the society.
State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed announced the ban during the expanded State Security Committee meeting in Ilorin on Tuesday.
Ahmed said the move was adopted to minimize conflicts between farmers and herdsmen and make it easier to identify, apprehend and prosecute those suspected of destroying herders’ cattle or farmlands and crops, especially in view of the impending farming season.
The Governor said the expanded security meeting was to review the current security situation especially with regard to farmers and herdsmen as well as strengthen the existing security in the State.
Ahmed said there was the need to improve on security in order to avoid the security scenario experienced in other parts of the country with regards to farmers’ and herdsmen’ clashes.
He added that the incessant slashes between farmers and herdsmen have security and economic implications beyond the state and even the country.
Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Media to the Governor, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, briefing newsmen after the meeting said the meeting was chaired by the Governor and attended by heads of security agencies in the state.
He said the meeting was also attended by chairpersons of the 16 Local Government Councils in the state, first class traditional rulers, as well as representatives of Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria and Association of Famers of Nigeria.
Akorede said the meeting resolved that similar meeting should be replicated in all the 16 local government councils with traditional rulers and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the message is disseminated to all citizens and residents across the state.
He added that all security agencies in the state were also enjoined to approach any fraction between suspected herdsmen and farmers as an issue of the law without criminalizing any group of people.
According to him, the meeting also advocated the adoption of community policing across local councils in the state to ensure vigilance and information sharing by all residents in order to forestall any act of criminality.