Herdsmen in Taraba state are threatening breakdown of law if the state’s Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranchers Establishment Bill 2017 bill is passed.

The herdsmen under the umbrella of the Taraba state chapter of Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria gave the warning on Monday, June 12, during a protest against the passage of the bill at the state House of Assembly, Vanguard reports. 

The association tagged the bill as a plot to subdue the Fulani tribe and also to undermine and restrict activities of the Fulani tribe in the state.

 The state’s chairman of Miyeti Allah, Sahabi Tukur, in a message read by Alhaji Adamu Azo at the gate of the Taraba state House of Assembly, warned that its members would resort to breakdown of law and order,should the House pass the bill into law. Speaking before the speaker, Peter Diah, and other members of House, the association told the legislators to kill the bill in the collective interest of the people of the state. Reacting to the threat by the group, speaker of the House, Peter Diah, condemned the protest by the herdsmen. 

He accused the herdsmen of trying to cause disorder in the state, noting that the group did not follow due process which was the reason security did not allow them access into the assembly complex. 

He called on the group to follow due process in making their grievances known, adding that the committee set up by the House of Assembly to handle the process of the bill had given three weeks within which to conduct public hearing on the bill before passage, where all issues that appear unclear will be addressed.