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Herdsmen flee Benue over new anti-open grazing law



Miyetti Allah Herdsmen Tender Fresh Demands Before Government

Following the declaration of Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, on the anti-open grazing law in the statte, Fulani herdsmen have started fleeing from the state.

The zonal leader of the Fulani socio cultural group, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in charge of North central states, Alhaji Gidado Idris Bebeji disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday.

He said that the new law had resulted in a mass departure of people from the state, as some of whose fathers were born in the state.

He, however, expressed worries that their human rights to free movement was being violated as a result of the restriction placed on their animals by the law.

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“The state government has been speaking English with nobody caring to properly inform the pastoralists. They (herders) may be leaving the state as being reported because they would not want to be lawless especially against a law they do not understand very well,” he said.

Also speaking, the Benue State Coordinator of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo, said his members had started leaving the state following the commencement of the anti-grazing law.

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