Security Forces To Enforce Delta Anti-Open Grazing Law.
The Delta State Police Command, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and other sister agencies have vowed to enforce the state’s anti-open grazing ordinance.
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa signed the anti-open grazing bill into law and established the Delta Livestock Management Committee as a result.
The security agencies made the vow on Thursday in Asaba, Delta State’s capital, when the Commissioner for Agriculture/Natural Resources and DLMC Chairman, Mr Julius Egbedi, led his colleagues on a consultation tour to the different security agencies.
CP Muhammed Ali, the Commissioner of Police for Delta Command, assured the committee of the Command’s support while also calling for synergy and joint effort.
He said, “I am pleased to hear that the committee has been in touch with the traditional rulers, the Miyetti Allah group, farmers and other critical stakeholders and still consulting before the full implementation of the law.
“The biggest task is in the enforcement of the law and the police can’t do this alone.
“We pray that the various communities would cooperate and allocate lands to cattle dealers to graze their cattle.
“We need to support each other to succeed; the governor that I know is prepared and I want to assure you that the project will work.
“I want to assure you that the support you need, you will get from this office.”
Akinsanya Iskilu, the State NSCDC Commandant, also stated that his troops are prepared to offer the necessary security support to maintain peace in the state.
He said, “One of the core mandates of the NSCDC is the agro-rangers; it is to provide physical security to agro-allied industries which include protecting farmers and herders as they carry out their businesses
“A nation that neglects agriculture has neglected development because every development revolves around agriculture.”
Ademola Adebiyi, the Assistant Director General of the DSS, urged for coordination among the different security agencies and guaranteed the committee of an intelligence report critical to establishing and maintaining peace in the state.
The Commissioner had earlier stated that the purpose of the visit was to inform them of the current livestock legislation and to ask their support for its peaceful implementation so that herders and farmers in the state can go about their business without dispute.
Since Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa established the committee, he said, the DLMC has been on consultative trips and meetings with key stakeholders.
“We have met with traditional rulers, the Miyetri Allah and farmers in Asaba and recently in Ughelli, in Ughelli North Local Government Area on a peace-meeting with the Uwheru community and herders but the herders we met are not those in the forest.
“This peace move became necessary to educate them on the law and to stop the situation in Uwheru from degenerating into crisis because, some time ago in Uwheru community, 10 persons were killed in the crisis,” he said.