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Four Persons Arrested In Benue For Violating Anti-Open Grazing Law

14 November 2017 News


Four persons suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have been arrested in Benue State for violating the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law which came into effect on 1st November.

Governor Samuel Ortom made this known while presenting eighteen vehicles and one hundred motorcycles to the Benue State Vigilante Group and Livestock Guard at Benue People’s House, Makurdi. 

The Governor stated that the arrested persons who are being investigated by the police would be prosecuted for practicing open grazing in the state, killing two persons in Guma and Logo Local Governments and attempting to rape a woman. 

He maintained that the anti open grazing law has come to stay in Benue and re-emphasized the determination of his administration to enforce it for peace to reign in the state.

While warning those who are not willing to ranch their livestock to leave the state or face the law, the Governor appealed to the people not to go for reprisal attacks but allow security men to fight on their behalf. 

Ortom Charged members of the Benue State Vigilante Group and the Livestock Guard to use the vehicles strictly for the purposes of enforcing the law and adhere to the rules of engagement which have been handed down to them. 

Responding on behalf of the Benue State Vigilante Group, Mr. George Mbessey and his Livestock Guard Counterpart, Alhaji Aliyu Tashaku assured that they would do everything within the powers given to them to enforce the anti open grazing law across the state.


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