The Lawmakers from Benue State in the House of Representatives have said President Muhammadu Buhari should support the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition Law so as the save citizens in the state from extinction.
The implementation of the law took effect on November 1, 2017.
The lawmakers in a press briefing yesterday said that the “ carnage” and “ massive destruction wreaked in the people of the state has almost grounded economic activities “ as people have abandoned their farms and businesses due to the ravaging activities of AK-47 bearing herdsmen ,,who constantly invaded our communities, destroyed farms, property, maim and kill indiscriminately.
Hon. John Dyegh, read a statement titled: ‘Why FG must support implementation of anti-open grazing law in Benue State,’ on behalf of Caucus.The statement had on it the names of 11 members of the Caucus, including Hon.. Emmanuel Orker Jev and Mark Terseer Gbillah
The statement further reads:
“This press conference is to sound a note of warning to those who have vowed to violate the law and cause crisis in the state. It is also to draw the attention of the Federal Government and make a passionate appeal to the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari to grant full support to the Government of the State by giving a standing order to all security agencies to ensure maximum implementation of this wonderful piece of legislation.
“Our people are still living with the sordid memories of the massacre in virtually every nook and cranny of the state, particularly in Buruku, Guma, Tarka, Logo, Agatu, Gwer West and Gwer East etc. Thousands of lives and property worth billions of naira have been lost to these inhuman actions of these so called Fulani herdsmen.
“Worried by the continued desecration of our land and a clear agenda to exterminate our people, the Benue State House of Assembly this year passed the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill, which was signed into law by the Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom on May 22, 2017.”
The lawmakers said the law was not targeted at any group of people but that it permits grazing of livestock only within ranches and prohibits the movement of animals from one destination to another in the state except by rail, trucks and other vehicles.“We hereby use this medium to draw the attention of the Federal Government to the threats from Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and the unlawful activities of herdsmen who are violating the law and still openly grazing their cattle in Agatu and Apa Local Government Areas of the State.
“ We decry the campaign of calumny against Governor Samuel Ortom by this group and want to declare our unflinching support for the Governor in the implementation of this Law. No individual is above the law and the Miyettu Allah cannot be an exception.
“We condemn in unequivocal terms provocative and inflammatory statements credited to the National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo and the National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan of the group against the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue State.