Actually, It is Leaders Of Miyetti Allah That Are Confused About The Spirit And Letters Of Benue Grazing Law -Ortom


  • Restate calls for security agencies to arrest the leaders of the group

The Governor of Benue has asked the security agencies to arrest the leaders of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore over its threat of war on the peaceful people of Benue it transmitted through publications in National Dailies and social media platforms as a result of the impending implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment of Ranches Law of Benue State, 2017.

According to the Governor in a statement signed by Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and released to IPN, it is the leaders of the group who are confused about the intendments of the Law. If they had bothered to read it, they would find out that the law though it specifically permits grazing of livestock only within ranches and prohibits the movement of animals from one destination to another in the State except by rail, trucks and other vehicles as a permanent solution to the incessant clashes between farmers and herders with the attendant destruction of lives and property, it also protects livestock and ranches as it stipulates severe punishment for any person convicted for rustling cattle or any other animals kept in ranches.


The Law was never against any individual or group. It is not aimed at sending herdsmen out of Benue. It is for the regulation of animal husbandry within the Benue the statement reads.

The statement read in part as follows;


“The mention of Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana, as an ally of Governor Ortom in the recent statements is also an indication that Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore officials are not familiar with the security situation in Benue State. If they were, they would have known that Ghana is not an ally of the Governor as the man has since been declared wanted by security agencies over murder, cattle rustling and other criminal activities.

Governor Ortom believes in the capacity of security agencies in this country. The group’s allegation that the Governor has created six detention centres is therefore not only laughable but also betrays the ignorance of its officials. We expect the group to embrace the idea of pilot ranches being considered by the Benue State Government as a way of consolidating on the prevailing peace in the state.

The Governor wishes to once more draw the attention of security agencies to the repeated threats and inciting statements by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and demands for the arrest of officials of the group to prevent them from breaching the existing peace in the state. The call by the group that herdsmen should converge on Benue come November clearly reveals their ulterior motive to invade Benue and inflict greater pain on innocent people.

Security agencies need no further proof to effect the arrest than the group’s public declaration of war against the people of the state.

No individual or group is above the law of the land. The anti-open grazing law initiated by the Benue State Government has been hailed by both local and international peace stakeholders as the best solution to the frequent crisis between herdsmen and farmers. Governor Ortom has often challenged those who oppose the law to put forward an alternative better than ranching but none seems forthcoming.

We wish to make it abundantly clear to Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore that the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment of Ranches Law has come to stay and no amount of intimidation or name calling can stop its implementation.

Terver Akase
Chief Press Secretary
October 23, 2017.”


One Response to Actually, It is Leaders Of Miyetti Allah That Are Confused About The Spirit And Letters Of Benue Grazing Law -Ortom

  1. Let this matter be looked into ugently before it goes out of hand

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