Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has again ordered for the arrest of the leaders of the Fulani socio-cultural group, the Miyetti Allah for opposing implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing law in the state.
Ortom said this is not the first time the duo: Abdullahi Bodejo and Saleh Alhassan will be making inciting statements which is capable of breaching the existing peace in the state.
Last week the Governor ordered for their arrest after his meeting with president Muhammad Buhari at the state house in Abuja.
The statement which was signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, reads: “We find the latest statements credited to leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in national dailies and other media platforms as open declaration of war on the peace loving people of Benue State and we wish to reiterate our call for their arrest.
“It is not the first time that National President of the group, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo and its National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan have made inflammatory statements against the implementation of the anti-open grazing law of Benue State.
“Since the law came into being, the said officials of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore have embarked on legal action as well as all other forms of threats and smear campaign against Governor Samuel Ortom in a desperate bid to scuttle the implementation of the law which will commence on November 1 this year.
“The law is not against any individual or group. It is neither aimed at sending herdsmen out of Benue State.
“The anti-open grazing law 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.
“Interestingly, the law also protects livestock and ranches as it stipulates severe punishment for any person convicted for rustling cattle or any other animals kept in ranches.
“Going by the misplaced outbursts of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, it is clear that the group has not bothered to read the law which has been published in national dailies or deliberately refused to understand the provisions of the law even after it was published.
“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 secuity agencies of 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.