Nigeria: “Benue State Security Council Issues Ultimatum to Herdsmen and Beef Up Security Measures”

Nigeria: “Benue State Security Council Issues Ultimatum to Herdsmen and Beef Up Security Measures”

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The Benue State Security Council, during a meeting presided over by Governor Hyacinth Alia, has taken significant steps to address the escalating security challenges in the state. One of the key resolutions was to issue a 14-day ultimatum to all individuals engaged in open grazing to cease their activities. This ultimatum is in line with the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017, which remains in force and must be respected by all residents of the state.

Additionally, the Council directed that armed herders, who have been a source of insecurity in the state, must leave Benue State immediately. Those who have invited or harbored armed herders have also been warned to desist from such actions. Furthermore, individuals operating open grazing within the state have been given a two-week deadline to stop their activities, starting from February 21, 2024.

To ensure the enforcement of these resolutions, a seven-man committee has been established. This committee will work alongside security agencies, traditional rulers, and the general public to uncover and prosecute any person found to be collaborating with or inviting armed herders into the state.

The Council urged the people of Benue State to remain calm and security-conscious, as the state government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of lives and property. Additionally, the Council acknowledged the hardships and looming food insecurity faced by the nation and assured the people that efforts are being made to ameliorate the situation.

In summary, the Benue State Security Council has taken decisive action to address the security challenges posed by open grazing and armed herders. These measures are aimed at promoting peace and security in the state and protecting the lives and property of its residents.

Post a Comment

Translate »