Withdraw Your Statement On Anti-Grazing Laws, Senate Tells Defence Minister, Dan-Ali

PRESIDENT BUHARI MEETING WITH SECURITY CHIEFS 4. Cross Section of Cabinet members during the Security meeting with Service Chiefs at the State house in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 5 2018

By Ayobami Joel, Abuja

Nigerian Senate has unanimously asked the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali to withdraw with immediate effect his statement calling on the suspension of anti-grazing laws in Ekiti, Benue and Taraba.

The upper chamber argued that the law was enacted under the law of the Benue State House of Assembly.

The resolution followed a motion raised by a lawmaker representing Benue South, Senator Barnabas Gemade, who lamented during Wednesday’s plenary that the call for the suspension of the law was a call to anarchy as lives and property are been wasted daily on account of farmers and herdsmen clash in Benue and other states.

He appealed to his Senate to prevail on the defence minister to withdraw the statement credited to him because the killings started before the enactment of the law.

The presiding officer, Bukola Saraki put the motion to a voice vote and the ays unanimously endorsed it.

Contributing to the motion, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha who represents Taraba South, said: “Yesterday five people in my constituency were killed on their way to the farm. This is inhumane and terrible for the minister of defense to consider these killings as a result of the enactment of the anti-grazing law.”

The lawmakers also held a one minute’s silence for those killed in recent clashes in Benue and other states.