Anti-open grazing law: Bayelsa Govt. preaches peaceful coexistence

 The Bayelsa government says the recently enacted Anti-Open Grazing Law will assist in promoting peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians residing in the state.

Mr Crowder Duba, for Information, Orientation and Strategy, in a statement in Yenagoa on Tuesday, urged residents to refrain from self-help in conflict situations.

Duba said was no need for anyone in the state to take the laws into their hands as the government had put in place a mechanism to implement the law.

He added anti-open grazing law was not targeted at any section of the country.

“It may recalled State Governor, His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri recently assented to the Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulations Law 2021 which restricts grazing of herds of cattle.

“Efforts are also being made to implement the provisions of the law with stakeholders’ agreement for a two-week of grace which elapses on April 10, 2021.

“Residents are advised to note that none of the provisions of the law empowers any individual to enforce it.

“Anyone whose right has been infringed under the law should file complaints with the police and the committee rather than take laws into their own hands,” Duba said.

He expressed the Diri led administration’ commitment to ensuring security to foster peaceful co-existence of residents in an environment devoid of crime and criminality.

On armed by some gunmen at Imiringi road area of Yenagoa which led to the of one and injury to another, Duba said incident was being investigated.

He said that the state government would pick the bills of the surviving victims who sustained gunshot injuries from the and he commiserated with the families of the deceased.

“The State Government commiserates with the families of the victims of the and condemns in strong terms the dastardly .

“Government has further ordered a police investigation into the crime with the assurances that the culprits will fished out and served justice,” Duba said. ()