Killings: armed headsmen asked to leave Benue


By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi

BENUE State Security Council has given matching orders to invading armed herdsmen who graze their herds at random to immediately leave the state.

The order which was contained in a communiqué signed by Governor Hyacinth Alia after a security meeting in Government House, Makurdi on Tuesday, also gave two weeks ultimatum, from February 21, 2024, to those operating open grazing in the state to desist forthwith.

The Security Council also stated that it is unlawful to graze openly in the state as the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017, otherwise referred to as Anti Open Grazing Law is still in force.

The Council also cautioned those who invited the armed herders/invaders to the state to desist from such act.

The Security Council further stated that a seven-man committee will be constituted to ensure the enforcement of the ultimatum given.

It urged security agencies, traditional rulers and the general public to intensify efforts and uncover for prosecution any person found to be in the habit of collaborating or inviting armed herders into the State.

“Council is urging the general public to remain calm and security conscious as the State Government is making every conceivable effort to ensure adequate security of lives and property in the State,” the Council urged.

On the looming food crisis in the country, the Council said, “Council also reviewed the hardship and looming food insecurity in the Nation and urged the people of Benue State to remain calm as efforts are being put in place to ameliorate the situation.”