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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has criticised Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed’s stance on grazing of cows by Fulani herdsmen within the some elements of the nation.
Recall that Bala Mohammed insisted that the structure permits each Nigerian to reside in any a part of the nation, including that no citizen wants to hunt permission from any authority to dwell in any State.
He stated this following the current disaster between herders and residents of some elements of Southwest and the order by Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State to all herdsmen to vacate the State’s forest reserves.
Nevertheless, Falana in an announcement on Saturday February 20, stated it was hypocritical for Bala Mohammed to insist that herdsmen have proper to reside in forest reserves whereas he demolished some homes as a result of they encroached on authorities land throughout his tenure as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
The lawyer said that Part 43 of Nigeria’s structure permits freedom of motion for everybody however doesn’t give any citizen the liberty to settle anyplace.
He stated; “Underneath the Bala Mohammed administration within the FCT, 1000’s of homes had been demolished on the grounds that they had been illegally constructed on landed properties belonging to the Federal Authorities.
“He wished to demolish the complete Mpape housing over 1,000,000 folks. The ex-minister had claimed that the house owners of the homes had trespassed on the land belonging to the Federal Authorities.
“The folks whose properties had been marked for demolition approached our regulation agency to hunt authorized redress. On behalf of the group, we approached the FCT Excessive Courtroom for pressing intervention. In an epochal judgment delivered by the Justice Kutigi, the deliberate demolition was halted.
“Governor Bala Mohammed has additionally ordered {that a} home getting used as a den of felony actions in Bauchi be demolished and ordered that 1,000 rifles discovered therein be confiscated. However the identical governor stated final week that herders be allowed to hold AK 47 rifles illegally despite overwhelming proof that the weapons are getting used to take over farmlands, kidnap folks and rape ladies.
“So if the constructing warehousing 1000 AK-47 rifles in Bauchi was demolished by Governor Bala Mohammed why is he asking Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to permit herders armed with scores of AK-47 rifles to function in Ondo State with out licences issued by the suitable authorities?”
Herdsmen disaster: Bauchi Gov. Mohammed demolished Abuja homes, now helps open grazing – Falana

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