Benue Security Council Ask Herders To Vacate The State

Herdsmen | CenzoNaija
Herdsmen | CenzoNaija

The Benue State Security Council has issued 14-days ultimatum to all herdsmen to vacate the state, and also warn others who practice open grazing in the state to desist from such acts. This is part of the Government’s efforts to tackle the lingering farmers-herders crisis in the state.

The ultimatum was given at the end of security council meeting held in Makurdi the state capital and presided by the Governor, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia. others who were in attendance includes heads of military and para-military formations in the state, traditional and religious leaders, as well as top government officials that are members of the Council.

Recall that there has been a lingering herder-farmers clashes in the state which has inhibit the farmers from carrying out their farm activities. These menaces have displayed some farmers from their ancestral home where most of them own their farms.

Gov Alia however said the recent influx of herders and their cattle in the state was because some persons had written to them in neighbouring countries such as Niger Republic, to come and settle back in Benue, as according to them, the anti-open-grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law has been relaxed.

“I feel quite sad however, as the security report has it on good authority that there are certain people who are responsible for the influx of herders in the state.

“They even went out of their way, to go all the way to the Nigerien border to invite the herders to come in; that the law they had in Benue before is then, and so nothing is going to happen,” he said.

The governor, however, assured the people of the state that the law is in force, and has not been relaxed by anyone.

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