Any herdsman who kills any farmer within the territory of Oyo State will be killed.
This is contained in a legislative bill now before the Oyo State House of Assembly sponsored by the Speaker, Hon. Debo Ogundoyin; his deputy, Hon. Abiodun Fadeyi; Majority leader, Hon Sanjo Adedoyin and the Minority leader, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape which has gone to the Committee level now.
According to the Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation bill 2019, any onslaught on farmland that leads to death, the herdsman, upon conviction, would be sentenced for homicide under the criminal law code.
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The Bill also stated that even if the farmer sustains injuries and not death, the herdsman would be deemed guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for three years or a fine of 50,000 Naira or both.
The herdsman would according to the law, be made to pay all the medical bills of the injured farmer including relevant compensation determined by the court.
Should in case any livestock stray into another person’s land and causes damages to crops or conterminate source of water supply, the herdsman would be liable to pay damages or compensation to the owner or community with propriety interest on land and source of water.
When passed, cattle’s roaming the streets in Oyo State will be an abomination as cattle will be lifted by rail or vehicular movements and any herdsman willing to operate within Oyo State must be registered and wearing tags at all times.
The bill is silent on what happens on sighting or arresting herdsmen carrying weapons like AK47 freely on the streets as often experienced across the nation.
- Eniola Olatunji.