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6 Vital Sections In The Anti-Open Grazing Bill Passed By The Lagos House of Assembly Yesterday

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

The bills have been forwarded to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for accent. The bills become laws once they are signed by the governor.

The Anti-Open Grazing Bill made it illegal for Fulani Herdsmen or anyone else in Lagos State to rear cattle openly. However, here are some vital sections of the bill.

1. N50,000 fine per head of cattle for grazing on another person’s land. 

Section 2 (1) of the bill says anyone caught grazing on another person's land will pay N50,000 for each of the cattle arrested on the land. 

2. Impounded cattle must be claimed within seven days of being impounded or the owner faces permanent forfeiture.

Section 2 (2) of the bill says arrested cattle must be claimed by their owner within seven days or the owner risks permanent forfeiture to the state government. 

3. Grazing on enclosed land must be approved by the ministry of agriculture. 

Section 3 of the bill says grazing land must be approved by the ministry of agriculture and such land must not be in the residential area. 

4. A 21-year prison sentence for possessing a firearm

Section 4 (1) and (2) states that "any person found to be in possession of firearms while herding cattle commits an offence and is liable on conviction to twenty-one (21) years' imprisonment.

5. The formation of a cattle trespass task force.

Section 7 provides for the establishment of a task force to arrest offenders of the law. 

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

Section 11 states that anyone who opposes the seizure of cattle that have violated the law will be fined N250,000 or sentenced to jail for six months. 

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