In a bid to forestall the incessant clashes between farmers and herders, the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom signed the Benue Anti-Grazing Law in May 2017.
In a move to facilitate the Implementation of the law, the State Government is to aid the establishment of six pivot ranches across the state.
The law is expected to take effect on Nov. 1, 2017. Col. Edwin Jando (retired), Special Adviser to Ortom on security, disclosed the plan to build the ranches to newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi.
Jando explained that the pivot ranches would be used as a confine for impounded cattle, explaining that they would be kept in the confinement for seven days before being auctioned or the owner fined.
He said that the ranches would be situated at strategic locations, preferably at boundary points. According to him, the ranches will be located in Kwande, Katsina-Ala, Ukum, Guma and Makurdi, while another one will be located between Gwer West and Agatu.
He however said that government would not build ranches for herdsmen, and advised interested herdsmen to acquire land through the due processes and build their ranches.
The Commissioner of Police in Benue, Mr Bashir Makama, in a remark, urged stakeholders to abide by the guidelines for the implementation of the law in the interest of the cattle owners and farmers.
Makama also advised those planning to establish ranches to follow due process in the acquisition of land to avoid violent disagreements. He urged those affected by the law to strive to be conversant with it before the Nov. 1 deadline.
The Commissioner of Police said:
The meeting considered a lot of things, but the major concern was the need for peace in Benue. We also assessed the security situation and relaunched the “bail is free” campaign. Henceforth, anybody caught giving money for bail will be arrested and prosecuted,