Fresh crisis looms as Fulani lose 105 cows Xmas day on controversial Open Grazing law


The lull in violence in Benue State may be over as 105 cows have been impounded by the Benue State government. The Fulani cattle rearers hardly let go when their cows are attached.


The Benue State Livestock Guards earlier today impounded 105 cows and four sheep caught grazing openly near Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies, Makurdi.

Confirming the Development, Commander of the Livestock Guards, Mr Linus Zaki, disclosed that one herder named Kunje Saija was also arrested in the course of the operation.

He explained that in accordance with the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, the impounded cows will be quarantined for seven days before being auctioned, if the owners fail to pay the fines stipulated by the law.

He cautioned herdsmen against the consequences of flouting the law, stressing the need for ranching of all forms of livestock in the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom recently restated the commitment of Benue State Government to full implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.

The Governor had also emphasised that anyone who vilolates the law will be prosecuted.