From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has promised to deploy soldiers to Benue state to assist the Police protect the lives and property of the people against any resistance to the Open Grazing Prohibition Law by suspected herdsmen.
The pledge comes on the heels of an alarm raised by the leadership of the three (3) major socio-cultural groups in the state, including the Mdzough U Tiv, ldoma National Forum and Omi Ny’lgede over alleged threat by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore to invade the state with herds of cattle to resist the newly enacted law in the state.
Speaking yesterday on behalf of the ethnic groups at the end of their second leg advocacy visits across the country, elder statesman and President General of the Mdzough U Tiv, Chief Edward Ujege said the leaders had also written to the Inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services, DSS, the Navy and Air Force seeking their support for the successful implementation of the grazing law.
Chief Ujege explained that the ethnic leaders had also petitioned the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives over the matter to draw their attention to the issue and also canvass their support for the smooth implementation of the law.