Benue Government halts Enforcement of Anti-Open Grazing Law for Two Weeks
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on April 12, 2023
Benue State Government has suspended the operations of the livestock guards, the state para-military agency tasked with the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017, for a period of two weeks to allow all herdsmen with livestock within Benue territory to exit.
Governor Samuel Ortom, disclosed this at the end of the state security council meeting in the wake of the killing of over 130 persons within one week.
The move according to the Governor is to show good fate to all those who claimed to have come into the state without knowing there is a law prohibiting open grazing.
He also says security agencies in the state have confirmed the receipt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to fish out perpetrators of the mass killings across the state, a duty he says the security agencies must treat with urgency.