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Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has ordered the confiscation of over 50 cows and arrest of three herdsmen.

The suspects were arrested for violating the law banning open grazing in the state and for obstructing the governors’ convey while returning to Makurdi from Tarka local council.

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom
Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Governor Ortom after giving the order on Wednesday, December 27 lamented the increased violation of the law banning open grazing law in Benue State.

He added that two people were recently killed in Odonto village of Otukpo local council due to an attack by herdsmen, a result of the violation of the open grazing ban.

At the time of filing this report, three herders including one Benue State indigene have been arrested and were taken to the police for investigation and prosecution while the arrested cattle were guided to a detention ranch.

The Benue State government on November 1, officially effected its ban on open grazing throughout the state. This was after Governor Ortom on May 22, signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills into law.

 

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