The Bayelsa State government said it will arrest and prosecute herders and livestock owners who are caught with fire arms when the state Anti-Open Grazing Bill is passed into law.
Governor Douye Diri is expected to sign the bill into law this week.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Biriyai Dambo SAN stated this while speaking at the public hearing of the legislative document titled: Livestock Breeding and Marketing Regulation 2021 at the House of Assembly complex in Yenagoa.
The public hearing was organized by the House Joint Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Trade, Industry and Investment, Environment and Security which was headed by the former speaker, Hon. Tonye Isena.
Dambo said that the state was not coming up with a fresh law on possession of firearms through the bill to prosecute offenders but that the state will arraign such flouters under the Firearms Act and the federal law.
He posited that the essence of the bill was to prevent herders/farmers clashes and forestall a breach of the peace in Bayelsa State currently happening in some states.