Governor Udom Emmanuel has vowed to invoke relevant sections of the law against any herdsman whose livestock stray into another person’s farm or property, no matter how highly placed, as he signed a new anti-open grazing bill into law at the Government House, Uyo, the state capital, on Wednesday.
He said it would be unnecessary for anyone found culpable to attempt to use his power or influence, as the law will be fully enforced to ensure that justice is fully served.
“The law will be used against you, irrespective of who you are, so make sure you create ranches to take care of your livestock.
“It is very painful for a farmer to wake and discover that the crops that he had toiled for several months have been destroyed by your cattle.
“Just as you are rearing your animals to make profits, the farmer is also aiming for profits and as such, you should not come and destroy his own business with yours.”
“Once you are caught, such animals would be confiscated and the fine would add to the revenue of the state government, and shall also be used to settle the loss of the farmer,” Emmanuel explained.
The signing of ‘Anti-Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock Prohibition Bill’ into law by the governor was witnessed by the State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt Hon Aniekan Bassey with the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Uko Udom (SAN).