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Monday, October 24, 2016

Fayose’s anti-grazing activities may develop into unquenchable inferno- Herdsmen association warns

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigerian (MACBAN), an association of herdsmen in Nigeria, has warned that the anti-grazing activities of Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, may degenerate into an unquenchable inferno if not curtailed.

Governor Fayose last week inaugurated Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshals whose responsibility it is to arrest herdsmen who graze their cattle in areas that are not designated for such activities.

A statement released over the weekend by the National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, states that anti- grazing marshalls attacked its members, whose herds had gone to a stream on Friday 21st October 2016. Ngelzarma said the marshalls shot dead 5 cows, carting away the meat from the cows.

He called on the Federal government to wade into the matter immediately to forestall a breakdown of law and order which according to him, may go beyond Ekiti state.

“We are hereby constrained to implore the federal government through its security agencies to wade into this unprovoked and primitive aggression against our members, before this macabre incident develops into unquenchable inferno involving our members and Ekiti state government. No cattle strayed into anybody’s farmland around that area in question, as such the actions of the anti-malu vigilante are not only apprehensible but capable of creating uncontrollable scenarios whose ramification may go well beyond Ekiti state. We cannot fold our hands while the only means of survival of our members is taken away and destroyed”he said

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