- The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has insisted that he will not repeal the anti-open grazing law
- While maintaining his stand, the governor raised an alarm that Miyeitti Allah is planning to impose violence
- Governor Ortom also noted that he is not intimidated by the antics of herdsmen and their sponsors
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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has maintained that no amount of threat, intimidation, or arm twisting will make him reverse the anti-open grazing law.
According to ThisDay, the governor on Monday, August 17, also raised the alarm that Miyeitti Allah groups are planning to impose violence on Benue state.
He called on security agencies to check the activities of the group and bring their members to justice for their crimes.
Ortom disclosed these in a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
The governor who has complained about the presence of the herdsmen in Benue explained that his offense was his stand against open grazing of animals and his call for the declaration of herdsmen as terrorists.
He said no matter what the groups try to do to make him change his mind, the Ranching Law stays.
Back in November 2017, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore asked President Buhari to call the governor of Benue state to order.
The group said it refused to accept the anti-open grazing law passed in Benue state. It was of the opinion that just like every citizen of Nigeria, pastoralists also have the right to move freely and to reside in any part of the country.
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to declare herdsmen killing innocent people in Benue state as terrorists.
The Benue state governor made the demand on Saturday, July 11, when condemning the killings in several parts of the state by suspected herdsmen.
According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Terver Akase, the governor accused herdsmen of violating the 2017 law that prohibits open grazing of livestock in the state.
Meanwhile, the governor has given his submission on the best way the federal government can frontally tackle Nigeria's insecurity from the grassroots.
During a virtual meeting attended by members of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) and Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), on Wednesday, August 12, Ortom called on the government to allow those he refers to as responsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons like AK47 so as to protect others.
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