Benue State government has released a total of 210 cattle seized by the state Livestock Guards Task Force, for violating its laws against open grazing in two Local Government Areas to owners.
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Linus Zaki, commander of the Livestock Guards, disclosed that 140 of the cattle were arrested at Mballgh council ward in Makurdi local government, while the remaining 70 were impounded from Ggbajimgba in Guma local government.
Zaki, who handed the impounded animals to their owners in Makurdi, urged them to respect the state’s law which banned open grazing since 2017, adding that they had fulfilled the requirements for violating the law.
“We can’t stop implementing the law so they (herders) should do the right thing by obeying the law,” he said.
Reacting, the state chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Risku Mohammed, who led some members of the state executive, including the secretary, Ibrahim Galma, to receive the animals, appreciated the Benue government for keeping the cattle safe.
Mohammed admitted that the herders had trespassed the anti-open grazing law of the state, as he stressed that some of them were yet to fully understand the law.
He appealed for time to enable the association effectively educate and orientate its members about the law, stressing the need for government to provide a pilot ranching for them to learn the rudiments.