Tension in Nasarawa following influx of herdsmen, cattle from Benue


Tension has gripped parts of Nasarawa State, following the influx of herdsmen and their cattle from Benue State.

The herdsmen begin moving out of Benue State since last Tuesday, to escape the ban of open grazing of cattle in the state as from November 1.

Farmers in the communities in the five local government areas in Nasarawa State bordering Benue State have been expressing concern that the cattle will destroy their farms.

Chairman of the state branch of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Musa Muhammad told newsmen in Lafia, the state capital, that about 10 million cattle had moved into the state from Benue State since last week.

He urged the state government to check the movement of the herdsmen to avoid clashes with farmers, adding that their cattle had started destroying farm produce in some communities in the state.

Governor Tanko Al-Makura told newsmen shortly after the influx of herdsmen and cattle into the state assured farmers in the state government will ensure that they do not breach the peace of the state.

Meanwhile, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association of Nigeria has asked the Presidency, National Assembly and international organizations to intervene in the anti open grazing law introduced by the Benue State government.

The association chairman, Danladi Ciroma, made the call at a news conference in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital.

Ciroma accused the Benue State government of not carrying herdsmen along before introducing the law which bans the open grazing of cattle in the state as from November 1.

Besides, he said that most of the herdsmen are ignorant of cattle ranching that the Benue State government insist upon.


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