Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

Fulani Herdsmen Take Over Airport Site In Benue To Graze Cattle.

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A site earmarked by the Benue state government for the construction of a cargo airport, located along Makurdi-Lafia Expressway, has been taken over by Fulani herdsmen.
According to New Telegraph report, the development began barely 2 months after the state government passed the anti-open grazing law.
Reports stated that the herdsmen are already grazing their cattle on the property; and that the situation is causing deep disaffection among the mostly agrarian residents of the community.
Further reports indicate that the herdsmen have also taken over other local government areas; including Ushongo, Otukpo, Gwer West, Makurdi and Guma; and hundreds of their livestock have been seen grazing on farmlands there.
Residents of the affected communities are now living in perpetual fear; and this fear is heightened, as it is the peak of harvesting season.
Colonel Edwin Jando (rtd), Security Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom, could not be reached to comment on the development.
However, Alhaji Shehu Tambaya, the special assistant to the governor on herdsmen matters, said Fulani herdsmen in the state had been sensitised on the need to embrace the anti-open grazing law.
He said that the law was permanent; and described it as the only solution to end the recurring clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
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