Open cattle grazing has reportedly been banned by the federal government after suspected herdsmen attacked two communities in Benue state.
The Nation reports that this decision was reached after some delegates from the federal government met with security agents and a few governors to discuss the brutal attacks by herdsmen.
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortorm broke the news in a statement explaining that cattle should be ranched rather than allowed to open graze in the city and around towns.
“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,” Ortom was quoted as saying.
Present at the meeting werethe governors of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger and Taraba states, and heads of security agencies were it was decided that he killings must stop and possible solutions proffered.
Ortorm also condemned hate speeches saying that it is Nigeria’s responsibility to end the killings rather than encourage strife with hate speeches.
“As you can see all the governors of the states where we have the most challenging security problem are here,” Ortom said.
“We have dialogued; we have looked at the problem with the security chiefs and appreciated each other.
“One thing that is central is that we have agreed that killing in any form is not allowed; security men must apprehend and prosecute those responsible.
“There is no point politicising these killings; it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to eliminate the criminality that is resulting in the killings.”