SOME farmers in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State have appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to sign the Anti-Open Grazing Bill already passed by the House of Assembly into law.
The President, Igangan Agro Park Investment Association, Mr Oluwafemi Abioye, made this appeal in an interview with our correspondent in Ibadan on Tuesday.
He said the bill, Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation, was passed by the lawmakers in October 2019 and added that more than a year after its passage, the governor had yet to sign it into law.
He said the killing of a farmer, Dr Fatai Aborode, was the latest loss of life suffered by the farmers in the area, saying his life had also been threatened by the herdsmen.
He also disagreed with the police that Aborode, who contested the 2015 House of Representatives election on the platform of the Accord Party, was killed by armed robbers.
Abioye maintained that herdsmen killed the farmer, saying Aborode had constant friction with the herdsmen for a long time.
He said, “We are appealing to the governor to ensure that the anti-open grazing bill is signed into law. The law is not discriminatory in any way. It is not against the herdsmen or farmers. It dictates how each person will carry out their agricultural businesses in the right way.”
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