Benue government has ordered a two-week suspension of anti-open grazing law enforcement


The Benue State Government has suspended the operations of the livestock guards, the state paramilitary agency tasked with enforcing the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017 for two weeks in order to allow all herdsmen with livestock in Benue territory to leave.

Governor Samuel Ortom said this at the end of a state security council meeting following the massacre of nearly 130 people in one week.

The measure is intended to demonstrate mercy to all individuals who claim to have entered the state unaware that there is a legislation barring open grazing.

He also stated that security agencies in the state had verified receipt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s direction to apprehend perpetrators of the mass killings across the state, a task he believes security services must fulfill quickly in order to bring victims of the atrocity some sort of justice.

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