The Nigeria Police Force said on Friday that its personnel would enforce all the laws in any state as they concerned the protection of lives and property .
The Force Public Relations Officer , CSP Jimoh Moshood , stated this in an interview with Punch , while speaking on the enforcement of the law on the open grazing ban in Benue State.
Moshood said the police would enforce all the laws as they pertained to the protection of lives and property.
The police spokesperson noted that the civil authorities had the right to issue a directive to the security agencies.
The House of Representatives had on Thursday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct security agencies to immediately begin the enforcement of the Open Grazing ( Prohibition) Law in Benue State and halt the killings by herdsmen.
The House passed the resolution in Abuja as lawmakers again condemned the latest attacks on villagers in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of the state where 26 more lives were lost on Monday.
It asked the Inspector -General of Police , Ibrahim Idris and heads of other security agencies to implement the anti -open grazing law in Benue State.
When asked whether or not the police had enforced the law on open grazing by the Benue State Government as directed by the members of the House of Representatives , Moshood said , “If they are directing the IG, they have the constitutional right to give any directive to an agency over which they have an oversight . Nobody is denying that . They should be the ones to say whether we have been enforcing the ban or not .
“ On our part , the police have been enforcing all the laws as they concern the protection of lives and property . What I’ m telling you is that the police are bound to enforce all laws ( including the ban ) .
“ It is the same people who say they are giving a directive that can say whether the police have been enforcing the ban or not . ”
The Benue State Commissioner of Police , Fatai Owoseni, could not be reached for comment as of the time of filing this report .
But he had earlier told one of our correspondents that 44 persons had been arrested for violating the anti -open grazing law in Benue .
Owoseni had said that the arrests were made by the military in the course of the operation , which started on February 15 , 2018 .
He said , “Arrests were made with regards to the non- compliance to the Open Grazing Prohibition Law of Benue State.
“ Forty -four suspects were arrested by the military in the course of the exercise by the military for violating the law in the state . The suspects have been arraigned in court and their trial is ongoing. ”
Besides Benue , Taraba State has made a law that bans open grazing in any part of the state .
The Inspector General of Police , Ibrahim Idris , had at a northern stakeholders summit on security on February 28 , advised state governors to build ranches before banning open grazing .
He had said , “To reduce the incidence of clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria, state governments should endeavour to establish grazing ranches in their various states before enacting laws to prohibit open rearing and grazing , ”
This , he said , would make the law banning open grazing acceptable by the people .
The IGP , on Wednesday, warned governors to desist from pushing anti -open grazing laws in their respective states until they had ranches for livestock in place.
Idris ’ comment , which is a reiteration of similar warnings for which he had been criticised in the past , was delivered at a security meeting with northern leaders on Wednesday in Kaduna , according to a police statement.
“ To reduce the incidence of clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria , state governments should endeavour to establish grazing ranches in their various states before enacting laws to prohibit open rearing and grazing , ” Idris was quoted as saying in an e -mailed statement from the Force Headquarters .
The police chief has been an ardent critic of any legislation that targets herdsmen’ s activities across the country , warning that the best approach towards a peaceful resolution of the farmers -herders crisis is to work out the modalities for livestock ranching first .
Man Hangs Self In Lagos Police Barracks, Begs Uncle For Forgiveness In Suicide Note
A 22-year-old man, simply identified as Nasiru, has hung himself in the barracks of the Mobile Police Squadron 20 in Ikeja, Lagos State.
The incident, which occurred on Saturday, saw the young man dangling from a ceiling fan in Block 3, Flat 1 around midday.
A suicide note was said to have been discovered in which Nasiru allegedly begged his uncle for forgiveness.
He said he was tired of the world and its attendant suffering, adding that it was time to go.
Nasiru’s uncle was said to be on a special duty when the incident occurred.
But his wife and children were asleep when Nasiru hung himself.
His dangling body was discovered by his uncle’s wife.
The police had yet to release any official statement on the development as at press time.
Reps Approve June 12 As New Democracy Day
House of Representatives on Thursday considered and passed a bill seeking to confer legal status on June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy from the known May 29.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in May this year conferred a posthumous award on Alhaji MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election upon which the new Democracy Day and also proposed the day as such.
Titled “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Public the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for Related Matters (HBs.918 and 1529)”, the bill was sponsored by Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok and Hon. Kayode Oladele.
Photos As Fayose Escapes Unhurt After Crash With G-Wagon On Third Mainland Bridge
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has escaped unhurt after his G-Wagon Mercedes Benz was involved in an accident on the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
The involvement of the ex-governor in the accident was made known by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Olayinka wrote in the early hours of Wednesday: “Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago.
“He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention.”
About an hour after the first information was provided, Olayinka again wrote: “I am happy to inform members of the public that former Governor Ayodele Fayose is now fairly okay.
“The former governor thanked God for limiting the impact of the accident, particularly on occupants of the vehicle.
“As the Southwest Coordinator of the Atiku Presidential Campaign, who is committed to the task of enthroning a PDP government in 2019, Fayose has insisted on coming to Ibadan today, to prepare for tomorrow’s campaign rally and he is on his way to the ancient city.
“Thank you all.”
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