Benue State Governor on Friday ordered livestock guards to impound any cows seen openly grazing in any part of the state.
Ortom also revealed that the state government had arrested 400 herdsmen and seized over 600 cows belonging to the herdsmen for breaking the state’s anti-open grazing law.
The Governor said, “There has been influx of armed herdsmen with large herds of animals to the state, despite the high level of awareness creation to the existence of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.
“Several herds of cattle have been impounded and quarantined in other local government areas and the state government has acquired trucks to help livestock guards to convey impounded livestock from long distances to quarantine units for safekeeping.”
‘‘As of today over 400 herdsmen found to have flouted the anti-open grazing law have been arrested and facing prosecution, some have been convicted.
“Ranching remains the global best practices of animals husbandry, urging Nigerians to key into it to ensure peace between herdsmen and farmers,” he added.