- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has said that the state will be strict on free grazing by herdsmen and any person who attempts such
- Ortom asked monarchs in Benue to be security conscious to keep the state safe and peaceful for both residents and indigenes
- The governor said Benue must not be like unstable states like Sokoto, which was once peaceful but now very unsafe to live in
The Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has warned against free grazing by herdsmen. He made this warning known to monarchs in the state at a recent seminar.
At the two-day seminar, he also stressed the need for being security conscious as a means to keep the state safe and peaceful, The Sun reports.
He warned the monarchs to not allow the state become places where violence is rife as a result of the persistent invasion of herdsmen, while also maintaining that total vigilance is key in living peacefully.
Governor Ortom also mentioned that the law against free grazing was meant to keep the society sane and not directed at any particular group, emphasizing that anybody who goes against the law will be severely dealt with by the law.
Moreover, the governor said that some of those who had been arrested for violating the law were Benue people.
He said: “We must be vigilant and report trespassers of the law and those who are grazing freely on our land. We have arrested several of them some of whom are indigenes and some are not.
“Whoever is found grazing on our land would be prosecuted in addition to making him pay fines for his impounded live stocks For us, ranching remains the only option to peace in the country.”
The governor further warned against political thuggery in the states, asking all monarchs to keep their subjects in check.
He said: “Tell your subjects and children that those who are recruiting them for thuggery should first recruit their children to be commanders of the thuggery group. There is no federal might coming to do anything in Benue but it is state might that will supervise elections here, so, don’t be afraid.”
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Legit.ng had previously reported that suspected herdsmen allegedly killed two farmers at Iorza village in Gaambetiev, Logo local government area in Benue northeast senatorial district.
It was gathered that a fish farmer, Henry Zozo, and an Anyiin motorcycle mechanic named Emeka Egwu were the victims.
The event which happened on a weekend was in Anyiin, the country home of former Governor Gabriel Suswam.
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