Night cattle grazing banned in Plateau

Movement of cattle and herdsmen has been banned from 7pm to dawn in Plateau State and the parts of Bauchi State under the jurisdiction of Operation Safe Heaven, a multi-discipline taskforce maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Bauchi State. The task force which placed the ban said yesterday that the ban was decided as part of efforts to sustain the peace process in the two states.
OPSH Commander, Major General Tagbo Ude who spoke during a town hall meeting between various community leaders, village heads and Ardos of Riyom, Barkin Ladi, Jos South and Mangu local government areas in the state. The meeting which mainly discussed issues on the return of internally displaced persons ousted from Berom and Fulani communities was fixed to marshal out plans to sustain peace between cattle breeders and farmers, especially in this rainy season.

General Ude also said due to the migration tendency of Fulani cattle breeders, every breeder who intends to migrate to a new community in the states must notify his Ardo who in turn will communicate with the Ardo of the new community where the herdsman intends to reside in. The OPSH Commander commended the formation of a joint Berom and Fulani vigilante group in Barkin Ladi which he said have identified bad eggs within both communities and stressed that the strategy will be replicated in other communities.
The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in the State, Muhammad Nura yesterday said he was happy with the ban on grazing after 7pm, adding that the group had also banned the use of children from rearing cattle.
“Any child below 15 is no longer allowed to rear cattle and we have been going about door to door to educate the breeders in the villages on the reason for the ban,” he said.

-Daily Trust

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