Benue Security Council raises committee, set to resolve herder, farmers’ crisis

The Benue State Security Council Friday set up a

Sub-Committee headed by the Security Adviser, which has members including the Commissioner of Police, the Director of State Security Services, the Traditional Rulers, NAPTIP, Immigration, and BLGCA to identify the heads of the Fulani Herders and report back to the Security Council in three weeks.

Briefing newsmen after the security meeting which ended in the late hours of Thursday at the Government House Makurdi, the Council resolved that no single approach should be adopted except, dialogue approach.

The resolutions read by the chief press secretary, Tersoo Kula, urged the stakeholders, especially the law enforcement agents, to show sincerity in the implementation/enforcement of the Anti-Open Grazing Law currently in place in the state.

“That emphasis now should be on prevention of attack by the armed/criminal Herders rather than the reactionary approach; the need to have peaceful environment for the IDPs to return to their ancestral homes; the chief of staff is to liaise with the deputy governor to look at the report on the boundary issue between Ohimini and Otukpo LGAs as discussed in the previous meeting.

“There should be no rustling of cattle in the state,” the resolutions read in part.