Bayelsa government impounds 34 cows for violating anti-open grazing law

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The Bayelsa State Livestock Management Committee, BSLMC, has arrested 34 cows around the Bayelsa Palm area in Yenagoa, the state capital, for violating the state’s anti-open grazing law.

Chairman of the committee, David Alagoa, stated that the herders chose a convenient time in the night to graze, saying some of the cattle were seen grazing on farmlands.

Alagoa, who is also Commissioner for Agriculture, said the committee would follow the anti-open grazing law to the letter, stressing that the seized cows would remain in custody until the required fees were paid before they would be released.

Also speaking, Agberebi Akpoebi, who is Special Adviser on Security to Governor Douye Diri, said the committee was working in synergy with its local government agents to ensure that the anti-open grazing law in the state was fully enforced.

On his part, the Bayelsa State Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of Operations, Aminu Alhassan, said enough sensitisation was carried out before the committee commenced enforcement of the law.

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