​Herdsmen/farmers crisis: Police vow to enforce Taraba anti-open grazing law

The Taraba state police command has vowed to enforce the anti-open grazing law in the state, threatening that any violator will face the wrath of the law.

The law was enacted last year and was officially effected on Tuesday, January 24, amidst protests by herdsmen in the state.

In his reaction to alleged extortion and maltreatment of herdsmen by police in some areas following the commencement of the law’s implementation, the police spokesman in the state, David Misal, on Tuesday, January 30, said that the police would be fair to all, Premium Times reports.

JUICYLINKS gathered that Misal said that the police would follow the law strictly and enforce its provision where necessary.

He said: “We are law enforcement personnel so we must ensure that any law enacted either by the federal state, even bye laws by local authorities are strictly obeyed, and whoever goes contrary will be arrested and prosecuted as enshrined in the law.

So, we enjoin all residents of the state to obey the law.’’

While speaking on the controversy that trailed a letter written by the state attorney general, Yusufu Akirinkwen, to the state’s commissioner of police, asking the police to release suspects that were earlier arrested over killings in Mambilla Plateau in Sardauna local government area in 2017, the police spokesman said “it was a suggestive letter”.

Misal added: “Though, it was a suggestion but the letter came late because all of them (the suspects) were charged to court before the attorney general wrote to the state police command to release them. I believe some were released by the court since.”

The affected Fulani community leaders, through the state chapter of Miyyetti Allah, had earlier accused the state government and police of colluding to shield the perpetrators of the killings from facing justice, adding that the release of the suspect by the police was a clear indication that the massacre was sanctioned by the state.
Recall that JUICYLINKS previously reported that Taraba state government officially effected its ban on open grazing across the state, joining Benue and Ekiti.