Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has warned citizens against cattle rustling and attack on Fulani herdsmen in retaliation.

Ortom, who gave the warning at an emergency stakeholders meeting in Makurdi yesterday, urged the people to report any violation to appropriate authority for action.

The governor said anybody that rustle cattle and kill Fulani herdsmen would not be spared by the law, stressing that the Anti-Open Grazing Law protected both herdsmen and farmers.

He disclosed that the law was against cattle rustling and it also forbids cattle from grazing openly, especially on farms, stressing that there were stiff penalties attached to the offences.

He said that eighty thousand people had been registered as internally Displaced Persons at the five camps opened by the state government as a result of the Fulani herdsmen killings.

A former Nigerian Envoy to Canada, Ambassador Iyorwuese Hagher, Senator Fred Orti ,Professor Jerry Agada and Former Minister of Power and Steel Paul Unongo all commended Benue people for uniting in order to tackle the incessant attack on them by herdsmen.


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