Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State has cautioned animal rearers to refrain from open grazing, emphasizing that the law prohibiting such practices is still in effect. The governor delivered the warning on Thursday evening during a press briefing held at the Government House in Makurdi, following a meeting of the state’s Security Council.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Tersoo Kula, alongside top security officials in the state, Governor Alia stressed the importance of stakeholders in various sectors ensuring the enforcement of the anti-grazing law, which has been established to address the issue.
The governor further stated that the council reached a resolution to approach the challenges posed by armed herdsmen using a multi-faceted strategy, highlighting the significance of all stakeholders, particularly security agencies, in upholding and implementing the anti-open grazing law.
Governor Alia urged stakeholders to exhibit sincerity during the law enforcement process, with a focus on prevention of attacks rather than a reactive approach. He also expressed the commitment of his administration to creating a peaceful environment, allowing displaced individuals to return to their ancestral homes.
The warning by Governor Alia serves as a reminder to animal rearers to adhere to the laws and regulations pertaining to grazing activities, as the state government remains dedicated to maintaining peace and security within the region.
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