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6 Key Points From The Anti-Open Grazing Bill Passed By Lagos House of Assembly

On September 9, 2021, the Lagos State House of Assembly passed two bills, the Anti-Open Grazing Bill and the Value-Added Taxes Bill. 

The bills have been sent to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his consideration. When the governor signs the bills, they become law.

The Anti-Open Grazing Bill made it illegal for Fulani herders and others in Lagos State to openly graze their livestock.

However, there are a few key elements of the law that you must know. 

1. A fine of N50,000 per head of cattle for grazing on someone else's land.

According to Section 2 (1) of the bill, anyone found grazing on another person's land must pay N50,000 for each cattle detained on the property.

2. Owners of impounded cattle must claim their cattle within seven days of being impounded or face permanent forfeiture.

The bill's section 2 (2) states that if cattle are not claimed after seven days, the owner risks permanent confiscation to the state government.

3. The ministry of agriculture must approve grazing on enclosed land.

Grazing land must be certified by the ministry of agriculture and must not be in a residential area, according to section 3 of the bill.

4. Possession of a firearm carries a sentence of 21 years in prison.

"Any individual detected in possession of firearms while herding livestock commits an offence and is liable on conviction to twenty-one (21) years' imprisonment," according to Section 4 (1) and (2).

5. The formation of a task force to deal with cattle trespass.

Section 7 establishes a task force to apprehend lawbreakers.

6. Opposing a cattle seizure is punishable by a fine of N250,000 or six months in prison.

Anyone who challenges the seizure of animals that have broken the law would be fined N250,000 or sentenced to six months in prison, according to Section 11.

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