As part of measures to stem the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris yesterday urged state governors to prioritise the establishment of cattle ranches in their various states before enacting anti-grazing laws.
The IGP who stated this at the Northern States stakeholders security summit which held in Kaduna state with the theme: “Nation Building: Security Challenges and the Need for Inclusive Approach” said doing so was the only way to make the law acceptable by all the parties concerned.
The IGP also cautioned against the hasty formulation and implementation of such laws across the country, stressing that doing so was capable of aggravating the reoccurring farmers/herdsmen clashes in the country. “ It is my humble suggestion that to reduce the incidence of clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria, State governors should endeavour to establish grazing ranches in their various states before enacting laws to prohibit open rearing and grazing.
“ It is when grazing ranches are established that herders can be arrested and punished for rearing and grazing on the open places. For instance I have visited Benue and Nasarawa states and observed that the crisis trailing the Benue State prohibition of open rearing and grazing of livestock would have been mitigated if the state had first established grazing ranches before prohibition of open grazing as provided in the state law established by the state Assembly”.