ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAWS WILL NOT STOP FARMERS CLASHES WITH HERDSMEN – DR ALIYU

Dr. Aliyu Ramalan, a veterinary doctor, worked with the World Bank-assisted project of the old Lafia Agricultural Development Project (LADP) in the 1970s and 1980s, which led to the creation of four additional grazing reserves in the country. He was permanent secretary and commissioner of Agriculture in the old Plateau State between 1994 and 1997 and later between 1996 and 1997, in present day Nassarawa State.  He spoke to Daily Trust on Sunday on the implications of anti-open grazing laws being enacted by some states in Nigeria. In a bid…

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THESE 7 STATES READY TO ADOPT ANTI -OPEN GRAZING LAWS TO CHECKMATE FULANI HERDSMEN

Our correspondents After the passage of anti-open grazing laws in Ekiti and Benue states, other states like Ebonyi, Ondo, Abia, Imo and Ogun are moving to introduce similar laws to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers within their respective boundaries. Findings by Saturday PUNCH from the states showed that moves to introduce anti-open grazing laws were at various stages, with the bill having already passed second reading in Ogun State. A 2015 Global Terrorism Index pushed Fulani militants to the fourth position on the list of deadliest militant groups in the world…

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AYADE CRIES OUT AS EJECTED BENUE HERDSMEN INVADE CROSS RIVER

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has stated that the enforcement of the open-grazing law in neighbouring Benue State is causing havoc in his state. Ayade made the claims on Monday in Calabar, the state capital after suspected herdsmen from Benue invaded a community in Cross River, killing one and injuring others. Addressing a press conference after a closed-door meeting with heads of security agencies in the state, Ayade condemned the invasion and called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter to prevent reprisals. “Currently, the situation is…

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FULANI HERDSMEN KILL ONE, IN FRESH ATTACK ,SEE GORY PICS

By Lasgidi Online As the Benue state government yesterday declared the prohibition on open grazing, Fulani herdsmen early this morning attacked some villagers in Logo Local government area of the state. Mr Ortse Kwagdom of Tombo ward in Gaambe-tiev, Logo LGA Benue state met his death this morning from gun shots by Fulani herdsmen when he went fishing. His relation Mr Hingir Akaa who was with him is however responding to treatment at a public health facility at Ayilamo, while four others who were with them are still missing at…

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HERDSMEN LEAVE BENUE AS NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT

As the law banning open-grazing in Benue State takes effect, herders and their family members have started leaving the state in large numbers. Sources said some of the departing people have become stranded with thousands of their animals around the bank of River Benue. The zonal leader of the Fulani socio cultural group, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in charge of North central states, Alhaji Gidado Idris Bebeji told Daily Trust yesterday that the leaders of the group from the state had lamented that the new law had caused an unprecedented…

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95 BIL NAIRA LOST TO FULANI HERDSMEN IN 4 YEARS SAYS ORTOM

John Alechenu, Abuja The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has revealed that clashes between farmers and herdsmen led to the loss of farm produce and property worth over N95bn within four years. He said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday. According to the governor, the losses, which included those incurred by Fulani herdsmen, were recorded in clashes that took place between 2012 and 2016. He explained that his administration’s decision to end the senseless killings and wanton destruction of property informed the passage of the…

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120 PEOPLE KILLED BY FULANI HERDSMEN IN ZAMFARA WEDNESDAY BURIED, SEE PIX

PHOTO: Bodies of 120 people allegedly killed by Herdsmen laid to rest in Zamfara Punch Newspapers / Temitope Omogbolagun / 4 hours ago A mass burial has been organised for the 120 people allegedly killed by Fulani Herdsman on Saturday in Zamfara State This was made known in a Facebook post by one Waziri Mohammed who claims to be a member of staff of the National Emergency Management Agency. He wrote, “This is the burial of 120 people killed by killer herdsmen in Zamfara state on Saturday but unfortunately, our…

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PEOPLE WILL STONE ME IF I DON’T IMPLEMENT GRAZING LAW – ORTOM

By Peter Duru MAKURDI—Barely seven days to the commencement of the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition Law in Benue State, Governor Samuel Ortom has said his people will stone him if he failed to implement the new law. Governor Ortom, who spoke at a meeting with the leadership of Maiyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, traditional rulers, local government council chairmen and other stakeholders in Benue State, insisted that the November implementation date was sacrosanct. *Ortom Ortom said: “The entirety of our people demanded for the law, and from the…

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NOBODY CAN STOP THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GRAZING LAW SAYS GOV. ORTOM

…Says land’s been provided for ranches By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA—GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State, yesterday, said that no amount of opposition and intimidation will stop the implementation of the anti-grazing law in the state, starting November 1. Ortom Governor Ortom added that he had directed security operatives to deal with those behind the threat to resist the implementation, even as he called for the arrest of the leadership of the Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kauta. Ortom disclosed this to newsmen after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari…

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DESPITE CURFEW FULANI HERDSMEN KILL 27 IN PLATEAU

Friday Olokor and Olalekan Adetayo Over 27 persons have been killed while asleep in Nkiedonwhro community, Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani militants. The killings happened barely 48 hours after the imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew by Governor Simon Lalong in the LGA. The latest attack was about the third in the LGA since Friday when the governor imposed the indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew. As of the time of filing this report, the Plateau State Government was said to be in a security…

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