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Panic as herdsmen troop into Benue

By Ugbede Usman

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Alarm has been raised over the massive influx of cows into Benue State.
On Wednesday, the state Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, told journalists in Makurdi that 376 cows have been seized by the state livestock guards between January 23 and 26 this year at Kasima, Guma local government area for not adhering to the anti open grazing law. Adding that about 6 herdsmen were arrested and handed over to the police.

The massive influx of herdsmen into the state has been confirmed by the state Security Council members, the deputy governor said.

“While we are still investigating the declaration made by Nasarawa State Governor of the presence of Boko Haram at Benue/Nasarawa border, we noticed massive deployment of herdsmen on the brink of River Benue.

“We also observed that a good number of these people are heavily armed; many of them with AK47 rifles. As if this was not enough, we have been able to apprehend a good number of them in a village called Kasima in Guma Local Government Area.

“On January 23, 156 cows belonging to these herdsmen were apprehended, and on the 26 of this month, another 220 cows were apprehended from the same vicinity,” he said.


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