Obiano bans grazing in schools, orders for arrest of offenders

Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano
Emeh Joy

The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has banned the grazing of animals within the premises of schools in the state.

He also ordered that any herdsman who is found violating this order should be arrested.

The order from Obiano was given through his Senior Special Assistant on Security, Ostar Christopher during the Anambra State Cattle Menace Control Committee Meeting held at the conference hall of the government house in Awka, the state capital on Thursday.

The chairman of the meeting was the Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang. Among those that attended also were some traditional rulers as well as the leader of the Cattle Breeders Association in the South-East, Gidado Sidikki.

Governor Obiano issued a warning that the state would no longer tolerate disobedience to government orders, as demonstrated by some herders in the past who had gone on to destroy crops, farms and the entire environment around universities in the state.

"The action of the herders in the state has prompted this marching order, and we are no longer going to tolerate such disobedience.

"We urge the herders and farmers in the state to obey the law or face the wrath of the government.

"We will set up a committee to assess compensation for damages, but don't be outrageous with your bills," he said.

The Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in the South-East, Alhaji Gidado Sidikki called for a cordial relationship between herders and host communities and promised to relay the government order to his members.

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