Governor Samuel Ortom has cried out over the fresh influx of herders and their cattle into Benue State in defiance of the state’s anti-open grazing bill.
Over one million cattle and their herders moved into the state since last week, despite the ongoing joint military operation in the state.
The governor who spoke again on the issue at the Makurdi funeral site of 73 people killed by herdsmen on the new year day in the Guma local government area of the state.
He asked the security forces undertaking a special operation in the state to evict the invading cattle and the herders from the state.
According to Ortom, “We appreciate president Buhari for the deployment of soldiers to the state to keep the peace, but my concern is the influx of over one million of cows into the state despite the presence of the military.
“There is a law prohibiting open grazing in the state.”