Cattle Grazing: FCTA Convicts 16 Fulani Herdsmen
More than 15 Fulani herdsmen have been prosecuted and convicted by the Federal Capital Territory Sanitation Mobile Court for contravening environmental law.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Muhammad Sule, 32 cattle and 38 sheep were also seized from the herdsmen.
He stated that the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, and the FCT Task Team on Environmental Sanitation apprehended the herdsmen and their herds and charged them to the mobile court.
This arrest, according to the statement is a fallout of the directive by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello to protect the metropolis from environmental degradation and more importantly the grazing of cattle.
“The arrest is a continuous process and those who were guilty of the offence were fined to serve as deterrent for others. It is against the FCT environmental law for herdsmen to graze their cattle around the metropolis,” the statement said.
Just about three days ago, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose arrested a cow for grazing in reserved area of the state.
Also, it was reported that over 30 cattle were killed by thunder in Adamawa State about two days ago.