Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, IGP, on Friday said the anti-grazing law should be suspended until ranches are established.
Idris reportedly said the law has not achieved its aim, even though it was meant to check clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Since the law was passed, about 100 people have been killed while several properties was destroyed.
The IGP, who appeared before the senate committee on police, explained the efforts of the police to quell killings.
A source at the meeting which Idris had with the lawmakers quoted him as saying the clashes between farmers and herdsmen escalated because of the anti-grazing law.
“He (IGP) said the anti-grazing law is the issue and that it should be stopped temporarily but brought back after the ranches have been put in place by the federal government,” the source said.
“He blamed the escalation of the clashes on the implementation of the anti-grazing law.”
The source added that the IGP said about 100 people had been arrested in connection with Benue killings.
He reportedly said they have been charged to court.
The source also said the IGP expressed worry over the presence of armed militias across the state.
Idris said the police would need resources for effective performance.
The IGP appeared before committee after he was summoned to brief the senate on the level of his compliance to its directive.
The lawmakers had given Idris a two-week ultimatum to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of killings in Benue.