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HERDSMEN: The Nigerian Constitution Allows for Ubiquitous Living, But not Freedom to Violate the Law- Oba Alao

The Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Alao has called on Fulani herdsmen plying their trade in Oyo State to abide by the laid down rules on animal farming.

Ob Francis Alao who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas, went on to say that the no government will let do nothing when its laws are violated.

He added that although the Nigerian Constitution allows for citizens to live anywhere, it however does not say that people should break the law, in this case the anti-open grazing law in place in many States in Nigeria.

The Olugbon said, “What I will tell them ( herdsmen) is that in as much as the law permits every Nigerian to live wherever those choose to live within Nigeria, that does not give them the room to be lawless.”

“The anti-open grazing law has been passed and if anybody violates the law, the law enforcement agents will catch up with such a person. Such will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

“The Fulani leaders in Oyo State communicated with us the outcome of the meeting they had with the commissioner of police. They are monitoring their people. The state government, the Oyo State Police Command and traditional rulers are working together to there is peace in every part of the state.”

“Whoever violates the law, the law enforcement agents will catch him or her and will face the consequence.”

He said, “The governor went to Ibarapa and I believe he saw things himself and the people must have told him the problems, the situation will return back to normal in the area and in every part of the state.”

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