A group called the New Nigeria Initiative has urged the Edo State government to urgently enact the law banning open grazing so as to curb the growing menace of herdsmen in the state.
The group, during a protest on Tuesday in Benin, the state’s capital bore placards with various inscriptions such as “The South-South governors’ forum on anti-grazing law will stand, September 1, 2021, anti-grazing law agreement must be enforced, Domesticated VAT collection in Edo State”.
The protesters said this comes as a result of the horror allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen in the state including the recent kidnapping of a PDP leader in the State, Dickson Imasogie.
The chairman of the group, Uwadiae Odigie, said the efforts by the group to send a related bill to the Edo State House of Assembly is yet to yield a positive outcome.
Odigie said, “Now that many states within the South-South have responded to the September 1, 2021 deadline and the herdsmen are still ravaging our forests and highways with the fiercest brand of terrorism ever, with its attendant catastrophic consequences on our psyche, what is Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State waiting for.
“We have also been mounting pressure on Marcus Onobun, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly on the urgent need to pass the bill on the ban of open grazing in Edo State but all efforts have been abortive. We are worried about the inability of the Edo State government to respond to herdsmen who have turned the state into a sanctuary for barbarism.”