Ortom vows to remove any traditional ruler who works against anti-grazing law


Samuel Ortom, the Benue State Governor, has promised to remove any traditional ruler found to be constituting themselves into criminal elements to frustrate the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in the state.

Speaking while inaugurating local government committees for the implementation of the law yesterday at Benue People’s House, Governor Ortom said traditional rulers are expected to hasten easy implementation of the law in their various domains.
The governor said, “herdsmen that have been staying in Benue should not allow foreigners to come in and noted that the authorities can manage the indigenous Fulani and their livestock.”
Speaking further, Ortom stated that any Fulani that can speak Idoma, Tiv and other languages should prevent foreigners from infiltrating in their own interest and explained that livestock guards are going to be trained to help in the implementation of the law.
According to him, “those skeptical of the law should Give it a chance. Those insisting that they must graze their cattle when there is no land for grazing should go to states where there is land for such.”
He recalled that when herdsmen were killing Benue people in hundreds, he did not allow them to arm themselves because violence and chaos would not do good to anybody.
He maintained that the people depend on farming now that salary payment is a problem and urged livestock owners, farmers and other stakeholders to key into ranching like the Federal Government.
Ortom made herdsmen who also attended the inauguration in large numbers to understand that cattle rearing is business just like farming.

Special adviser to the governor on security, Col Edwin Jando, in a remark, said a census of the Fulani in Benue was being taken and added that six pilot ranches would be established.
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