Defence Minister wants suspension of anti-grazing law

The Minister of Defence, Col. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd.) Tuesday advised the Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend Anti-open Grazing Law currently operating in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti States.

According to Dan-Ali, suspending the laws would reduce tension while negotiations for safe routes for herders would commence.

“The need to employ other channels with the affected states to reduce tension by suspending the implementation of the Anti-open Grazing Law while also negotiating safe routes for the herders,” he said.

Ali’s briefing, which was contained in a statement he handed to State House correspondents after the meeting, also included a suggestion that the Nigeria Police and Department of State Services (DSS) should prosecute all suspects arrested in the affected states.

He also suggested the need to establish a National Commission on Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the country as well as the need to employ diplomatic channels to avert the United States’ sanction on Nigeria.

“There is need to hasten the establishment of a National Commission on the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Nigeria. The need to engage diplomatic channels to ensure US sanctions does not affect Nigeria,” he stated.

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