Benue Govt Vows Not To Repeal Anti-Open Grazing Law

Amidst the incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in some villages in Benue State, the government has vowed not to repeal or suspend the anti-open grazing law as being championed by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), and other Fulani socio-cultural organizations.

Addressing a world press conference in Makurdi, the state capital, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Lawrence Onoja, declared it had lost confidence in the ability of the country’s security agencies to bring to justice herdsmen accused of killings in the state.

His words: “We are simply asking the police and other security agencies in the country to put an end to these killings, arrest the people behind them and prosecute them, to regain the people’s confidence.”

He condemned the failure of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to relocate to the state, as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that the police chief was sighted for just a day, following which he left immediately.

“Idris has demonstrated his incompetence as a police chief and we have lost confidence and trust in him, since he has clearly shown that he either lacks the capacity to apprehend these armed Fulani militia or by his inaction and utterances portrayed himself as complicit in the grand plot to dispossess our people of their ancestral land by violent means,” Onoja said.

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