Ortom meets Buhari,Says Ranching Law Is Working in Benue
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after which he stated that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state has recorded tremendous success.
The Governor according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, said implementation of the law has curtailed open grazing and restored relative peace to most parts of the states which came under attacks by herdsmen militia last year.
Speaking to State House Correspondents, Governor Ortom disclosed that about 400 suspects have been arrested for violating the law out of which 50 have been convicted.
The Governor said ”the law is being implemented and we have arrested 400 people irrespective of their ethnic background, whether Tiv, Fulani, Igbos, Yoruba, Idoma and we have convicted 50 people for contravening various sections of the law and we have seized more than 2,000 cattle. But we have ensured that no one has molested nor killed any cattle.
Governor Ortom stressed that the law is still in force in the state and cattle owners irrespective of ethnicity have been advised to establish ranches.
“Anyone who wants to do cattle business can come to Benue and ranch; for that, we have land, but for open grazing, we have no land”, he emphasized.