Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has suspended the operations of livestock guards and the state para-military agency tasked with the enforcement of the state open grazing for a duration of two weeks.
Ortom stated this at the end of the state security council meeting on Tuesday after more than 130 people were killed in different parts of the state within a week. He said the suspension was to permit all herdsmen with livestock in the state to leave.
The governor said the move was to show good fate to all those who claimed to have come into the state without knowledge of the Open Grazing Law of 2017 that is solely anti-grazing.
He also said security agencies in the state have acknowledged the receipt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to go after perpetrators of the mass killing across the north-central state.
Ortom urged security agencies to act quickly on the development to bring victims of the attacks some form of justice.
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