Leaders In Benue State Declare Support For Governor Ortom’s Anti-Open Grazing Law

The three main socio-cultural organizations of the Benue State population have declared their support to their governor, Samuel Ortom, for setting up the law enforcement modalities prohibiting the breeding and the pasture of cattle in the state.

They said the law, among other things, will reduce unnecessary killings as a result of recurrent clashes between farmers and shepherds in the state.

To this end, the people have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good offices to lead the federal security formations in the state of Benue to support and support special spe- Established for the easy implementation of the law.

Spokes person for the three forums of Mdzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi ny’Igede, Engr. Edward Ujege, said at a press conference held in Abuja, that the law establishing anti-open grazing was done with the best of intentions.

He added that the law itself was “the outcome of the yearnings of the people who desire peace and want a lasting solution to the incessant herdsmen and farmers clashes which had often led to the pillage of communities, the massacre of our men, women, and children as well as the destruction of our farms, homes, raping of our women and children and excessive unrest.”

Ujege, who is the leader of the Tiv group, also raised alarm over what they described as an alleged planned attack by members of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore to frustrate the recently enacted anti-open grazing law in the state.

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