Masur Dan-Ali

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, recommended the suspension of the controversial anti-grazing law in some States.

The law is operational in Benue, Taraba and Ekiti states where clashes between herdsmen and farmers have led to loss of lives.

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Speaking at a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with service chiefs at the presidential villa in Abuja, the minister said the law has caused tension in those states.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Tukur Gusau, the minister said: “There is need to employ other channels with the affected states to reduce tension by suspending the implementation of the anti-open grazing law while also negotiating safe routes for the herders.

“The urgent need for the Nigeria Police and Department of State Services to prosecute all the suspects arrested in states. The need to hasten the establishment of a National Commission on the Control of Small Arms and Light weapons in Nigeria,” he added.

Dan Ali also recommmended the launch of a joint task force operation, similar to Operation SAFE HAVEN in Jos, with headquarters in Gusau, Zamfara state, to cover Zamfara and Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State, where kidnappings and killings have also been on the rise.

He said the council considered the killings and kidnapping in the north-west, particularly along Abuja-Kaduna expressway, even as the service chiefs reviewed the activities of armed bandits and other “criminal elements” in Zamfara.