OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the National Security Council to rescind its decision calling on States to suspend anti open grazing law.
The House also called on the federal government to submit a supplementary budget to the National Assembly to develop colonies immediately in those States that have agreed to donate land for cattle grazing.
The matter was decided in respect of motion presented by John Dyegh (APC, Benue) who noted that for the past 7 years, the clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers has been on the increase with so many lives lost with farmers’ lands and villages overtaken by herdsmen as resultant effect of farmers abandoning their ancestral homes.
Mr. Dyegh further explained that the unprovoked killings by the herdsmen has led to lose of lives and properties referring to Agatu killings which took place some time last year that claimed over 800 persons and which led to enactment of the anti grazing law.
According to him, the Agatu killings by herdsmen that claimed over 800 persons made the Benue people to come together and find a lasting solution and after robust debates they came up with the recommendation of anti open grazing law and called on the state government to process it by a bill into law.
He further explained that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended in section 4(7) gives express powers to the state assemblies to make laws for the good governance of the states.