Anti-grazing law: Benue Assembly orders arrest of Fulani herdsmen

The Benue State House of Assembly has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leadership of Cattle Breeders, under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore for treason and inciting public unrest in the state.

The House asked the Inspector General of Police to immediately effect the arrest of the herders over their recent comments.

The National President of the organisation, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo and National Secretary Engineer Saleh Alhassan, had faulted the recently passed Anti-Open Grazing Law in Benue State, describing it as obnoxious and a recipe for anarchy.

Speaker Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange in his ruling after a debate on a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Barr. Benjamin Adanyi, said the comment could stir public unrest in the already-troubled state.

Mr. Ikyange equally mandated the State Governor, Samuel Ortom to lead a high powered delegation comprising all the Senators and members of the House of Representatives from the State, the Speaker of the State Assembly and other prominent indigenes of the State to meet President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on the grievances of the State as contained in the publication.

The House also condemned the spurious allegations and threats made by the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders, describing it as being capable of breaching the peace in the State.

According to the Speaker, the Assembly will support the state governor to fully implement the Open Grazing Prohibition Law saying the law is aimed at protecting both farmers and herders contrary to the allegations of the leadership of the cattle breeders.

The Assembly called on the people of the State to remain calm and law abiding in the face of the provocative outburst of the Fulani Cattle Breeders Association as government will not fold its arms and watch a Fulani Association intimidate and harass them in any way.


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