Ekiti outlaws free cattle grazing; offenders face stiff penalty

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose
Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the bill banning free cattle grazing in the state.

The bill prescribes six months imprisonment without an option of fine for offenders. It also bans movement of cattle in the state after 6pm.

The passage of the bill followed the submission of a report of the Joint Committees on Agriculture and Environment to the House.

The speaker of the House, Kola Oluwawole, who presided over the plenary, said the bill would reduce the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

The bill is tagged Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016. It prohibits cattle, sheep and goats from grazing on undesignated land.

It also provides that, “The Governor shall by an order designate land in each of 16 Local Government Areas in the state in respect of which Cattle or Ruminants may be permitted to graze.

“No person shall cause or permit any cow, oxen, sheep as well as goat under his or her control to graze on any land in which the Governor has not designated as ranches.

“No cattle or other ruminants shall by any means move in the night, movement shall be between 7 a.m and 6p.m.”

The bill was informed by the need to stem clashes between farmers and herders, one of which caused the death of two persons in May at Oke Ako, a community in Ikole Local Government Area of the state.

But the cattle rearing community in the state had during the public hearing on the bill, rejected the provision banning night grazing.

Instead, they proposed that those on night grazing should get permission from the state government, saying compelling situations could make them embark on movement at night.

They also disagreed with section 2(1) and 2 which suggests that designated ranches will be provided by the government to restrict the cattle to a portion, saying this will lead to the death of the cattle.

They also suggested that the bill need not ban the carrying of firearms, knives and matches as the country already had enough laws dealing with that, saying enacting another law could run contrary to the provision of the constitution.

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  • George

    Only man standing

    • Mufu Ola

      The “law” is not enforceable.Simple.But I’ll like the herdsmen to boycott Ekiti entirely & let Fayose & his dullards start importing beef from Ondo,Kwara & Osun States.Serious problems demand brain not brawn.

      • Daniel

        Ekiti peole can do without beef. It is not so nutritious.

        • Mufu Ola

          So beef is not nutritious now.Did Ekitis tell you that or your fertile “laboratory” is at work?

          • Alhaji

            The protein and other nutrition we get from your Fulani cows can be derived from another sources.

          • Mufu Ola

            Is this the Okoroman alias “Segun Abiodun”. Only fraudsters hide their identity. When did u become ‘Alhaji’.

          • Mufu Ola

            Who are the “we”?Omo Nna claiming we in Ekiti. Your ignorant mentality will not let you know that restriction of any product create multiple effects on others.If beef is taken out in Ekiti you can be sure prices of your other protein sources like fish, chicken etc even bush meat will sky rocket.In any case did Ekiti people tell u they are interested in ‘your sources’ of protein when they already have cheaper & easily available one?When people are blinded by hate of others, their ability to think rationally become very dimmed.A complex problem demands brain not brawn.

          • Daniel

            We can do without killer beef.

            Guess you are okay now.

      • North/West Allies

        There are millions of vegetarians around the world, if they can live without meat Ekiti people can do without it too. Kudos to Ekiti state

    • Mufu Ola

      The “law” is not enforceable.Simple.But I’ll like the herdsmen to boycott Ekiti entirely & let Fayose & his dullards start importing beef from Ondo,Kwara & Osun States.Serious problems demand brain not brawn.Actually he will be the only one to stand in jail by himself at the end of the day.Or will u follow him there?

      • Omo JC

        So, you think Ekiti people cannot raise their own cattle? There must be something special about Fulani cows then if Ekiti people must import from Osun, Ondo or Kwara. FYI – Beef consumption is not that popular in Ekiti. Please tell the Fulani herdsmen to leave to leave now. They are a nuisance to Yoruba people.

        • Mufu Ola

          Beef consumption is not popular in Ekiti? Maybe U’re the only living in your village or donn’t have the resources to buy beef.

        • Alhaji


      • petin sapp

        These ugly, skeleton-figured Foolanis cattle herders remain forever lost in their warped logic of dominance by force. Hence, the reason for their ferocious opposition to any law that the herders suspect as affront to their grazing business. These Foolanis must be warned that they stand no chance of dubiously dominating the country just because some skinny infested cattle need to graze.

        • Mufu Ola

          When somebody develop mental slavery& lack self confidence he will always feel dominated by others.Until u people drop your inferiority,you will not stop being imaginarily dominated.

      • Alhaji

        They can live without your cows. They are valiant educated people preventing you from slathering their people with your cows. You value your cows than human beings while they value the lives of their people.

  • chooka

    Kudos to the action of the action. I wish others states in the east can follow suit

  • Justice and Fairness

    Kudos to Ekiti Law makers. Other state Governors should follow suit. Freedom of movement does not cancel the law of trespass simply because you are Fulani. Also my rights should be protected while you do your own business. Afterall where the rights of southerners in the North not abridged to protect the religious beliefs of the Northerners when they canceled sale of beer for which they had obtained licenses.

    • Say the truth

      Others are cowards they won’t do anything. Hate him or like him Fayose has taken a stand. In order to be politically correct they will prefer to have their people slaughtered.

      • Dan Fulani

        Fulanis are just herders. Wait for the real owners to start talking.
        Most of the cattle in any state are owned by the natives who employ us to herd for them.
        Let’s wait and see if the Yoruba cattle owners will allow us to move to the North with their wealth.

  • Excisionist


    “Four months after herdsmen invaded Nimbo village in Enugu State, killing and maiming the villagers, another village in the same state was, yesterday, attacked by, at least, 50 herdsmen leaving death and tears in their wake. The invaded village was Ndiagu,Attakwu, Akegbe-Ugwu in Nkanu-West Local Government Area of the state. Some of the victims include 26-year-old Seminarian, Lazarus Nwafor, on a year apostolic work, who was slaughtered and a six month pregnant woman whose stomach was ripped open.”
    Vanguard, 26.8.2016

    The location is very close to the capital city. These evil people inspired by a false “prophet” are not only after Christians in their area but also are persistently invading a Christian heartland.

    Why are they still invading Enugu? the answer is simple. Because Buhari and Danbazau ordered them to do so and assured them that nothing will happen to them.

    So far, Ekiti is the only state that has taken concrete measures, albeit half hearted. Other states and geopolitical zones need to follow suit with more stringent measures. A localized response will not be effective. All the southern and Middle Belt states must work together to deal with this existential evil. Repeat: MUST WORK TOGETHER

  • Arabakpura

    This being the first published legislation from Ekiti shows that they are beginning to join the league of states that enjoy democratic leadership!

    • Alhaji

      Because they are civilized and educated.

      • Arabakpura

        If that is what education and civilization are about, let me remain uncivilized and uneducated!

  • olowoyojoel

    This a welcome development only that the govt has to include that herdsmen must buy land either from it or the landowner. Govt can’t just take any land and appropriate to herdsmen.

  • Excisionist

    If theere are only 5 governors like Gov Fayose, Nigeria will be truly great. My dear Governor You are the most qualified person to be the Next president of Nigeria.