Anti-graz­ing law: Kau­tal Hore sues Benue govt

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Benue State govern­ment yes­ter­day con­firmed that a Fu­lani so­cio-cul­tural group known as Miyetti Al­lah Kau­tal Hore has taken the state to court over the planned im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­cently en­acted open graz­ing law.

Daily Trust re­ports that Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom had on May 21 signed into law the bill pro­hibit­ing open rear­ing and graz­ing of an­i­mals in any part of the state, thereby open­ing up the op­tion for ranch­ing to in­ter­ested live­stock breed­ers.

But, the lead­er­ship of Kau­tal Hore had ex­pressed its reser­va­tion over the law passed by the State House of Assem­bly on May 4 as a panacea to in­ces­sant clashes be­tween herders and farm­ers.

Or­tom who told news­men in Makurdi that the state had been dragged be­fore a Fed­eral High court by the herders group in a suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/527/2017, said as a law abid­ing cit­i­zen, he was not per­turbed by the de­ci­sion of the group.

“The state would slog it out with the group in court,” he said.

Or­tom fur­ther em­pha­sized that the en­act­ment of the law ex­pected to com­mence im­ple­men­ta­tion by Novem­ber was part of his con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect lives and prop­erty, in­clud­ing those of herders, posit­ing that the bill sought the es­tab­lish­ment of ranches not just for cat­tle but for all live­stock, in­clud­ing pigs, goats and sheep.

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