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Graz­ing law: Benue ar­rests 500 herders, 12,000 cows

- From Hope Abah Em­manuel, Makurdi Nigeria News · Crime · Society · Discrimination · Human Rights · Benue State · Nigeria · Makurdi · James Ayatse

Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom has dis­closed that at least 500 herders and 12,000 cat­tle have been ar­rested at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions for vi­o­lat­ing the Benue State graz­ing law since its en­act­ment in May 2017.

Or­tom also said many of the of­fend­ers have been pros­e­cuted and con­victed while oth­ers are in var­i­ous stages of pros­e­cu­tion.

The gov­er­nor added that por­tions of the state's an­tiopen graz­ing law would soon be amended to re­flect stiffer pun­ish­ment so as to de­ter those who take de­light in break­ing the law.

He said the re­view would en­sure that the stip­u­lated fees for of­fend­ers are in­creased in or­der to dis­suade abusers from tres­pass­ing with their an­i­mals.

While ad­dress­ing the Chris­tian com­mu­nity at a re­cep­tion held in IBB Square in Makurdi on Tues­day for the Tor Tiv, Prof James Ay­atse to thank God for his el­e­va­tion as pres­i­dent of As­so­ci­a­tion of

Chris­tian Tra­di­tional Rulers in Nige­ria, the gov­er­nor stressed that any­one could live and do busi­ness in the state as long as they com­plied with the law.

"But we will make life un­bear­able for any­one bent on vi­o­lat­ing the law so that peace can reign. We re­main com­mit­ted to the rule of law," Or­tom said.

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