Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom was returning to Government House on thursday, October 31, after inspecting Iniongun community that was ravaged by flood, when his convoy ran into some cows and decided to park.
The governor personally arrested 150 cows found grazing openly at Community Secondary School, Wadata, Makurdi, the state capital.
The governor held the cows hostage for 45 minutes before the arrival of the Commander of Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki.
Upon the commander’s arrival, the governor directed him to arrest all the cows and take them to the quarantine unit.
Speaking on the development, Ortom warned cattle owners in the state to properly ranch their animals to avoid violation of the anti open grazing law.
“I have personally apprehended these cows. I waited for the commander of Livestock Guards to arrive and I have directed him to immediately impound the animals and take them to the quarantine unit.
“By provisions of the ranching law, the cattle would be auctioned if the owner fails to pay the requisite fines after seven days as stipulated by the law,” Ortom said.
He explained that the law did not accord preferences to any individual or group, whether or not they were Benue indigenes and called on individuals to assist the guards by providing them with useful information that could lead to the effective implementation of the law.
He reassured the citizens of Benue state and other foreign surgeoners in the state who are cohabiting peacefully with the indigenes that their safety and wellbeing is of top most priority to him, thus the rules of engagement in keeping to the anti open grazing law must be followed to the letter.