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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday disclosed that about 400 persons have been arrested while 50 were prosecuted for violating the anti- grazing law in the state.
Governor Ortom stated this on Monday after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The State government had enacted the anti-grazing law to curtail the incessant clashes between farmers and cattle grazers.
Governor Ortorm said the state had become relatively peaceful since the enactment of the anti- grazing law.
According to him, “The law is still in force in Benue State and we are implementing it,” adding that “everyone is free to establish ranch, we are not targeting any individual or group. Anyone who wants to do cattle business should come to Benue and ranch, that we have land for it but for open grazing ,we have no land.”
“We have convicted 50 people for contravening various offenses and we have seized more than 2,000 cattle. But we have ensured no one has molested any cattle, nor killed any cattle,” he assured.
“Once you cattle is seized for open grazing by the livestock guard, within seven days when your cattle is quarantined if you don’t come to pay fines and redeem your cattle we auction them. “So far, everyone that we have arrested has come to redeem and so we have not had any cause to auction any cattle.
Governor Ortom said security agencies have arrested 400 of various ethnic background, including Fulani, Igbos, Yoruba, Tiv, Idoma, adding that the law was not a respecter of persons
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