We only suspended livestock guards for 2 weeks | Anti-grazing law still in force– Ortom


Samuel Ortom, Benue governor, says the state’s open-grazing
prohibition and ranches establishment law is still in full force.


In 2022, Ortom signed an amendment bill to the reviewed open
grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law — which he had earlier
accented to on May 27, 2017.


In a statement on Wednesday by Terver Akase, Ortom’s media
and publicity adviser, the governor said the Benue state security council only
suspended the livestock guards for two weeks to allow for a reduction in the
influx of cattle into the state. 


Ortom said anyone caught flouting the law after the
expiration of the grace period will be apprehended and prosecuted.


“It has become pertinent to clarify the misconceptions in
some sections of the media regarding the decision of the Benue State security
council to suspend operations of the state livestock guards for two weeks,”
Akase said.


“The suspension of the livestock guards is only a grace
period which became necessary to allow for a reduction in the influx of cattle
into the state. The majority of the pastoralists who came into the state said
that after the February 25 and March 18 elections, they were told that a new
government was in place in Benue state and the ban on open grazing of cattle
had been lifted paving the way for them to move into the state without


“As Samuel Ortom stated while briefing the press at the end
of the state security council meeting Tuesday, April 11, the action is part of
measures to ensure that all those who invaded the state with cattle leave so
that Benue people would have peace and go about their legitimate and lawful


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