– The deputy governor of Benue, Benson Abounu, has reacted to the herdsmen crisis in some states
– Abounu explains why the affected states should adopt the same method used by Benue in tackling the issue
– The politician disclosed how the police are enforcing laws prohibiting open grazing in his state
Benson Abounu, the deputy governor of Benue state has said the enactment of a law prohibiting open grazing would help to resolve the herdsmen crisis in Ondo, Oyo, and other states.
According to The Punch, the Benue deputy made the recommendation on Tuesday, February 3, during a programme on Channels TV.
He said the anti-open grazing law enacted in Benue state has addressed the farmer/herdsmen crisis.
Abounu commended the Benue police command for enforcing compliance with the law.
“The police in Benue have done a beautiful job especially in keeping our anti-open grazing law. A good number (of offenders) have been arrested in the past and they were given fair trials. Some of them have been sentenced to correctional centres while others paid fines.”
Meanwhile, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has revealed that foreign herders are perpetrating crimes in the state forest reserves.
The Punch reported that the governor noted that most of the foreign herders almost remained permanent in the state government’s forest reserves before he gave an order to flush them out.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor spoke during a courtesy visit to his office by Dora Amahian, the zonal coordinator, Zone ‘F’ of the Nigeria Immigration Service, comprising Oyo, Ondo, Osun, and Ekiti states.
In another news, Nigerian Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked the federal government to give the cattle rearing industry enough funds to buy land for the establishment of ranches.
The suggestion was contained in a press statement issued on Wednesday, February 3 by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, and seen by Legit.ng.
Professor Akintola went on to say the government can ban open grazing after the bailout fund has been released.