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Benue youths protests Fulani's threat to invade state

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


The Benue Youths are poised to a showdown with the Fulani herdsmen who have threatened to invade the state and attack communities if the government commences the enforcement of the Anti Open Grazing Law.

The group under the auspices of Benue Youth Forum have urged the state Governor, Samuel Ortom not to be deterred by threats from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers but ensure the law is enforced fully and violators should be prosecuted accordingly.

The Benue Anti Open Grazing Law becomes operational effective from today, November 1, 2017.

Addressing the crowd, National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Terrence Kaunum stated that the youths from the state have come together to offer their perspective on the law as government get set to commence its implementation starting from tomorrow.

"We have come together under this Forum to offer our perspective on the Anti-Open Grazing Law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly and which will take enforcement from 1st of November 2017.

"We are aware of the fact that Benue has been under siege for a while with the herdsmen rendering our people homeless, destroying their farmlands and making them refugees in the own land.

"In spite of the law achieving the desired peace it is to bring to Benue people the Miyetti Allah is still threatening the peace of Benue vowing to invade Benue and cause more destruction and never to obey the law" he said.

According to him, the conduct of the herdsmen has become worrisome and "that's why we are here urging the inspector General of Police to arrest the leadership of the Miyetti Allah for prosecution" .

"We totally support the Anti Grazing law and stand with the Governor His Excellency Governor Samuel Ortom to implement the law totally .

"We also appreciate Governor Ortom for standing with the people and making he sets up a law that we stand the test of time and bring lasting peace to the good people of Benue and Nigeria", he said.

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