By Temitayo Peters
OrderPaperToday – The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to initiate moves towards curbing the activities of Fulani herdsmen who ply major roads with their livestock in parts of the metropolis.
The lawmakers called on security operatives in the state to attend to address the situation to avert a breakdown of law and order.
The assembly expressed displeasure at a trend whereby Fulani herdsmen have taken to moving their cows through the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes on the Ikorodu road axis of the state.
Speaking under Matters of Urgent Public Importance on Thursday, Majority Leader of the Assembly, Mr. Sanai Agunbiade noted that the trend violates traffic laws of the state.
Agunbiade wondered why the herdsmen would result to grazing on the BRT lane/expressway, which according to him has no grass for their cattle to graze on.
Contributing to the motion, Mr. Rotimi Olowo, representing Shomolu Constituency 1, suggested that the Ministry of Information be directed to embark on awareness campaign in various indigenous Nigerian languages to help curtail the situation.
On his part, Mr. Abiodun Tobun stated that the action of the herdsmen was “a ploy to cause public disorder on the part of the nomadic cattle rearers,” adding: “I have seen them wield AK 47 while guarding their livestock on the roads; this is uncalled for. Most times, they don’t care about what the law says.”
Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Muyiwa Jimoh stressed that the issue should not be taken with levity, saying “I saw them on Mobil Road in Apapa; they also have a private abattoir at Shanti Barracks where animals are illegally butchered, something drastic need to be done to address the issue.”
The Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa stated that it was unheard of that cattle are grazed on the roads.