The Benue State Government has impounded 376 cows and arrested six herdsmen for flouting the anti-open grazing law.
Engineer Benson Abounu, deputy governor of the state, who disclosed this to newsmen in Makurdi, on Wednesday, January 27, stated 376 cows and six herdsmen have been apprehended in Kaseyo, Guma Local Government Area of the state, stressing that the herders have been being investigated by the authorities.
Abounu raised alarm over renewed inflow of armed herdsmen with massive herds of cattle into elements of the state.
He famous that investigation following the declaration by the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule about regrouping of Boko Haram insurgents at the boundary between Benue and Nasarawa uncovered mass presence of cattle alongside River Benue in Agatu and Gwer West Local Government Areas.
According to the Deputy Governor, safety checks revealed the invasion of armed herdsmen with AK47 riffles and massive herds of cattle on the brink of River Benue on the Nasarawa State financial institution.
“While we are still investigating the declaration made by Nasarawa State Governor of the presence of Boko Haram at Benue/Nasarawa border when we noticed massive deployment of herdsmen on the brink of river Benue on the bank of Nasarawa State,” he stated.
“On January 23, 156 cows belonging to these herdsmen were apprehended and on the 26th, another 220 cows were apprehended from the same vicinity. It was observed that the herdsmen were not ordinary herdsmen because they were heavily armed,” Abounu stated.
He acknowledged that in retaining with the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state, the cows have been stored at the quarantine centre in the state and would be launched to the house owners after fulfilling the needed circumstances.
The Deputy Governor famous that Benue is ruled by legal guidelines, one of which prohibits open grazing being enforced successfully with the major goal of ending conflicts between herders and farmers.
Abounu whereas urging livestock farmers to accumulate land in the state by lease for their companies stated Benue is not in anyway considering abrogating the law for any motive.
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