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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BANS OPEN GRAZING


Open grazing of cattle was banned yesterday by the Federal Government – to stem the growing anger sparked by the killings in Benue and other states, by herdsmen. All herdsmen must henceforth ranch their cattle.
The decision was taken at the end of a six-hour meeting of a Federal Government delegation, security agencies and five governors.
Presenting the communique after the meeting, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortorm, accompanied by his Taraba State counterpart, Darius Ishaku, said: “The meeting noted that all animal farmers must ranch their cattle and livestock for better productivity. It also observed the existing synergy between the security agencies and between the states and the Federal Government.”
Livestock farmers are to be enlightened on the benefits of keeping their animals in a location.
The meeting also admonished Nigerians to live in peace, being the only way to resolve the perennial clashes between the herdsmen and farmers.
It cautioned Nigerians against hate speeches, noting that anyone found engaging in it should be dealt with by the security agencies.
The communique was agreed upon after a meeting of a Federal Government delegation, top security chiefs and five governors, some of whose states are mostly affected by the herders/farmers clashes met.
Minister of Interior AbdulRahman Dambazau and Minister of Agriculture Audu Ogbeh met with Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa), Abubakar Bello (Niger) and Nasir El Rufai (Kaduna).
Also at the meeting were Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Gana Muhammadu, Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Mammam Daura, among among others.

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