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Benue State Government Issues 14-days Quit Notice For Herders

Addressing reporters at the Government House in Makurdi on Tuesday night, Sir Tersoo Kula, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, announced that a seven-member committee had been formed by the council to enforce the ultimatum given to violators starting February 21, 2024.

The council also called on herders, who had recently brought their cattle for open grazing in the state, to promptly leave and return to their places of origin. A stern warning was issued to those who had invited them, urging an immediate halt to such actions.

In response to a chieftaincy tussle, Kutep rejected the rotation of the Ukwe Takum stool, while Borno aimed to recover and rebuild heritage sites destroyed by Boko Haram.

The council appealed for calm among the state’s residents, emphasizing ongoing efforts by the government to ensure the security of lives and property. Security agencies, traditional leaders, and the public were tasked with reporting and prosecuting individuals collaborating with armed herders in the state.

Acknowledging the nation’s hardship and looming food insecurity, the council assured the people of Benue State that measures were being taken to address the challenges posed. Benue State has grappled with herders/farmers crises for over a decade, exacerbated by the implementation of the anti-open grazing law.

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