Anti-open grazing law: Benue govt arrests 92 cows

The Benue State Government has impounded 92 cows for contravening the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state.

Disclosing this is the State Commander of the Livestock Guards, Mr Linus Zaki who told newsmen that 60 cows were impounded in Ohimini and 30 in Logo Local Government Areas.

According to Zaki owners of the affected livestock would pay the stipulated fines to get back their cattle.

Zaki said that the guards were determined to the enforcement of the law saying that animals which have been kept in ranches were also enjoying the protection according to provisions of the law.

Also speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, retired Col. Paul Hembah expressed the commitment of Governor Samuel Ortom to the rule of law and the safety of Benue people.

He lamented a situation where cattle owners abandon hired herders arrested by the state Livestock Guards to their fate and hire new herders to look after their animals, stressing the need for the amendment of the law to also provide punishment for erring livestock owners.

The Security Adviser noted that the ranching law was aimed at encouraging cattle rearers to embrace modern ways of animal husbandry which could also encourage western education for the herders.

Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Benue State, Malam Ibrahim Galma promised to step up sensitisation of herdsmen on importance of the grazing law which he noted was more beneficial to them.

Mr Galma who was on the site where the cows were impounded, expressed gratitude to the State Government for its cooperation and understanding while enforcing the law.

 

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