An effort by herdsmen to sue southern governors over the anti-open grazing bill they signed into law has received support from the federal government.
During an interview with Punch, Special Assistant (Media) to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu, said Nigerians whose rights had been violated could go to court to seek redress.
Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and just recently Delta and Ogun states signed the anti-open grazing bill into law.
Moreover, police commands differed on how to enforce the law. According to police commands in Ebonyi and Osun states, the law would be enforced. The police will provide protection only to the state enforcement team, according to a source within the Lagos State Police Command.
On Friday, Rivers State Police Commissioner, Friday Eboka, said he had not seen a copy of the state’s anti-open grazing law.
According to a top police official, state commands would find it difficult to enforce the law without the support of force headquarters.