December 4, 2023

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Lawless Herders Meet Waterloo in Bayelsa, Face Prosecution

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For going against the law prohibiting open grazing in Bayelsa State, some herders who were unlucky to be caught red-handed by the governor have landed in trouble. They will now face prosecution.

The governor, Senator Douye Diri who ordered their arrest and prosecution on Thursday said the offenders needed to be tried and jailed so that others would learn from it.


Two of the herders and their cattle were seen at the Sampou community junction along the East-West road in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state on Thursday.


A few hours earlier, while meeting with the Arewa community, youths of Yenizue-Epie community, traditional rulers and some stakeholders in Government House, the governor had restated the position of the state, that the ban on open grazing was still in force.


This is coming a few weeks after the killing of farmers in Biseni and Zarama communities in Yenagoa Local Government Area, allegedly by herdsmen. The matter is still being investigated.



The visibly angry governor had expressed disappointment that despite several warnings, some persons were still brazenly breaching the law against open grazing in the state. The law against open grazing came into effect in March 2021.

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