Bayelsa State Government Backs Anti-open Grazing Law

The government of Bayelsa State has said the recent  Anti-Open Grazing Law which was recently enacted will help in promoting peaceful coexistence in the state.

This was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Crowder Duba, on Tuesday, in Yenagoa

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He called on residents to stop seeking self-help in conflict situations, Insisting that there was no need for anyone in the state to take the laws into their hands as the government had put in place a mechanism to implement the law.

He added that the anti-open grazing law was not targeted at any section of the country.

“It may be recalled that the State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri recently assented to the Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulations Law 2021 which restricts grazing of herds of cattle.

“Efforts are also being made to implement the provisions of the law with stakeholders’ agreement for a two-week of grace which elapses on April 10, 2021.

“Residents are advised to note that none of the provisions of the law empowers any individual to enforce it.

“Anyone whose right has been infringed under the law should file complaints with the police and the implementation committee rather than take laws into their own hands,” Duba said.

He emphasized that the governor is committed to fostering peaceful co-existence while protecting the lives of its citizen in an environment devoid of crime and criminality.

Duba who also spoke on Monday’s armed attack by some gunmen in the Imiringi road area of the state revealed that the ugly experience was under investigation.

He added that the state government would settle the bills of the surviving victims who sustained gunshot injuries from the attack and commiserated with the families of the deceased.

“The State Government commiserates with the families of the victims of the attack and condemns in strong terms the dastardly attack.

“Government has further ordered a full police investigation into the crime with the assurances that the culprits will be fished out and served justice,” Duba added. 

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