Lagos State is proposing a jail term of 21 years for herdsmen found bearing arms in the state.
This is contained in a bill before the Lagos State House of Assembly titled: “Prohibition of Open Cattle Grazing Bill, 2021.”
The legislators have unanimously condemned the incessant movement of cattle by herdsmen along some major roads and on people’s farms in the state.
They noted that trespassing on people’s land would continue to be a threat to the peaceful coexistence in the state and country as a whole.
Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, said the House was responding to the Southern Governors’ agreement to ban open grazing in all the 17 southern states after various state legislators have given it a legal backing, adding that there was need to identify herders operating in the state by registering them so as to know their total number.
Obasa equally advocated financial support for those who want to go into ranching, saying that there was need for training of the pastoralists in order to prepare them ahead of the new style.
He later committed the bill to the House Committee on Agriculture and Cooperative and directed it to report back on Thursday.