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Arrest of 105 cattle: Miyetti Allah admits flouting Benue anti-grazing law

Aviashima Toom, Makurdi

Benue State Chairman of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Ubi Haruna, has admitted that Fulani herdsmen trespassed on farmlands leading to the arrest of over 105 cattle by the state government.

THE MACBAN chairman stated this while receiving the 105 released cattle on behalf the owner, in Makurdi, the state capital.

He promised that caution would be taken to avert future violation.

Haruna, who led some members of his Executives to receive back the livestock,  appreciated the state government for keeping the cattle safe.

Those in his company include to include his Secretary, Shettima Mohammed, Assistant Secretary, Ibrahim Galma and the owner of the cattle, Yau Umaru.

Haruna’s words, “I totally agree and admitted that the herders had flouted  the anti-open grazing law of the state and I must commend the task force for the peaceful manner employed in the quarantine and safe-keeping of the animals until its owner showed up.

“We met the exact impounded numbers of the animals. We met them healthy too and they (state government) handed the animals to us peacefully. We will continue to talk to our herders,” the MACBAN chairman added.

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On his part, the owner of the cattle, Umaru, said he was in Doma when his , without his knowledge, shepherded the cattle into Benue State but appreciated the peaceful release of the animals back to him.

Certificate of release of the animals was officially issued and handed over by Secretary to the Livestock Guards special task force, Dr. Ronald Kparevzua, to the owner of the impounded cattle after the necessary procedure in line with the state grazing law was followed.

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Kparevzua said one of the cattle gave birth during the period of being quarantined so a total of 106 cattle instead of 105 originally arrested and 26 sheep were released to the owner in healthy condition.

He also noted also that the animals were properly fed during their confinement.

Our correspondent reports that the Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki, confirmed that his men impounded 105 cattle on December 26, in Makurdi.

The Benue state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hyacinth Nyakuma, officially directed that the animals be handed over the to its owner, while urging the herder to abide by the state’s anti-open grazing law and ranch their cattle.

The commissioner, however, directed the task force give the owner cover in order to evacuate the animals from the state, urging the herder to apply for land which to ranch the live stock