Katsina Emirate Council has banned open grazing of animals within the Katsina metropolis and its surrounding areas.

The prohibition on open grazing in Katsina Emirate was contained in a statement signed by Wakilin Kudin Katsina, Alhaji Abdu Iliyasu, on Wednesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari on his farm in Daura, Katsina State

According to Iliyasu, the order became effective from Tuesday, August 3, Vanguard reports. 

The spokesman for the Katsina Emirate Council, Mallam Iro Bindawa said he was out of town and could not comment on the development until he returned.

Governor Aminu Masari had last month, revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved N6.25 billion for the state for a ranching project, adding that N5 billion of the money had already been made available.

This comes on the heels of the Nigerian Government’s opposition to the ban on open grazing by Southern Governors in their meeting in Asaba, Delta State, some months ago.

It came as Kaduna State government established on Wednesday the death of 25 persons in renewed attacks on four communities of Kauru Local Government Area of the state by bandits. 

Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, confirmed this while giving an update on the attacks on Ungwan Magaji, Kishicho, Kigam and Kikoba villages of Kauru Local Government on Tuesday. 

He also said property worth hundreds of millions of naira were damaged during the attack.

“The figures bring the total number of those who died in the attack to 25, with three persons injured, 68 farms destroyed and 63 huts burnt,” he said.

The newspaper also reported that gunmen, suspected to be bandits, invaded some homes and abducted five persons, including two children in Suleja, Niger State.

The gunmen had raided Kwankwashe, a community located along Suleja-Madalla highway in Niger, about 30 minutes drive to Abuja.

Efforts to reach the spokesman of the state police command, Wasiu Abiodun, at press time were futile.

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