Human rights activist faults Ishaku over anti-grazing law


A human rights activist, Barrister Mohammed B. Mustapha, has criticised the Taraba State governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, for promulgating a law prohibiting open grazing in the state.

He said the law, which was hurriedly assented to by the governor, is capable of causing disaffection among ethnic groups in the state.

Briefing journalists, yesterday, in Jalingo, Mustapha said the law “as far as every right thinking and law-abiding Nigerian is concerned, is absurd and does not follow due process.”

Citing various chapters and sections of the 1999 constitution (as amended), he said: “The Anti Open Grazing Law established by the Taraba State government, with the backing of the State House of Assembly, without following the due process of the law, is null and void.”

He said the law contravenes chapter four of the constitution, which according to him, “guarantees the fundamental rights of all Nigerians, particularly under sections 36, 38, 39.

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