The Ogun State House of Assembly is set to pass a bill to regulate the grazing of cattle in the state as part of measures to prevent further clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.
The Chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee on Dispute between Hausa/Fulani herdsmen and indigenous farmers, Peter Banjo, disclosed this when he led members of the Committee and top security officers to various communities where there had been annual bloody clashes.
Mr. Banjo, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the House, noted with concern that the clashes had always resulted in the loss of lives and properties, announcing that the Assembly, in conjunction with the State government, would create designated grazing areas for the Fulani cattle.
Some spokespersons of the affected communities regretted that cattle had destroyed their farmlands while attempts to protest the destruction of their source of livelihood often led to bloody clashes and loss of lives.
In his remarks, the Seriki Fulani of Eggua, a major centre of the clashes, Adamu Ibrahim, assured the officials that the disagreement would soon be a thing of the past with the support of the State government.
He suggested that all cattle herdsmen should be registered and made to sign an undertaking to be of good conduct while offenders should be apprehended and punished.
Representatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police, State Security Services, Nigerian Immigration Services, Nigerian Customs Services, Federal Road Safety Commission, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, All Nigeria Farmers Association, Arewa Traditional Chiefs and Seriki Fulanis of some major towns were in the team which visited Oja-Odan, Ojudu- Abiodun, Ibeku, Moro and Eggua.