- About five senior councillors of the Emirate in Niger state have been suspended by the Emir of Borgu
- His royal highness suspended the councillors as a result of reports that they provided help to herdsmen
- The suspension took effect immediately after an emergency meeting held at the monarch's palace
The Emir of Borgu, His Royal Highness, Alh (DR) Muhammed S. Haliru Dantoro, on Saturday, March 7, approved the immediate suspension of some senior councillors of the Emirate after an emergency meeting at the Gbemusu palace.
According to PR Nigeria, the councillors numbering about five were suspended following allegations of aiding and helping herdsmen with movement into the Emirate contrary to the directives of the Emir and the Niger state government.
The traditional ruler in a statement signed by Abubakar Jubriel, the secretary, Borgu Emirate Council announced the suspension of the following councillors; Wazirin Borgu, Ubandoman Borgu, Madakin Borgu, Garkuwan Borgu, and Sadaukin Borgu.
In other news, the national leadership of the Tiv Youth Organisation (TYO) on Saturday, March 7, declared war on herdsmen following the repeated attacks and killing of innocent residents of Benue state.
According to the New Telegraph, the group who is worried by the increased attacks gave the herdsmen a 48-hour ultimatum to vacate the area and face elimination upon the expiration of their demand.
Timothy Hembaor, the national president-elect of the organization in a statement urged Benue youths of Tiv extraction to resort to self-defense to checkmate rising cases of attacks and killings.
In a related development, Muhammad Abdullahi, a suspected herdsman from Nasarawa state, has been convicted by Benue court for violating the state's open grazing and ranching establishment law.
Presiding over the case on Monday, March 2, Isaac Ajim of the Markurdi magistrate court slammed the convict with a one-year jail with an option of N500,000.
Abdullahi was reportedly arrested with his cows by Benue state commander of the livestock guards Linus Zaki and his team in Guma community in what contradicted the law banning open grazing in the state.
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