Apparently tired of the activities of herdsmen in his state, Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has reported the leadership of the umbrella body, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, to the president.

“I came to brief Mr. President on the security situation in my state, about the threat by Miyetti Allah members that have even taken us to court; threat that they will make the Anti-Open Grazing Act impossible for the people of Benue State. 

"I also intimated him on the general security situation in the state,” Ortom told State House correspondents after the meeting he held with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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The governor promised to do everything possible to protect lives and property in the state.

He said his administration would start the implementation of the Act by November 1 despite opposition by the herdsmen.

“Those who want to stay in Benue State and do cattle business must ranch their cattle, this is what we are saying.

“As far as we are concerned the law is not targeted at any individual, group of people or ethnic group. It is meant to protect everyone who is living in Benue State.

“Miyetti Allah has taken us to court and we are there with them. But I don’t see how they will come and overrun Benue and make it ungovernable, it is not going to be accepted.”


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