Benue seizes 230 cows, arrests four herdsmen

The Benue State Livestock Guards, on Thursday, seized 230 cows found grazing in the open in some parts of the state in contravention of the anti-open grazing law.

The Commandant of the Livestock Guard, Linus Zaki, said four herdsmen were arrested in connection with the offence.

Zaki explained that his team found a large herd of cattle grazing around Iorde, Gbajigba, in the Guma Local Government Area of the state when they were on patrol of the area on July 13, 2020.

He stated, “Again, on July 15, 2020, we went on patrol in the Gbaji area of the Gwer West Local Government Area and saw some cows grazing; we also seized them and arrested two herdsmen.

“Then, on July 26, 2020, we got information that some Fulani herdsmen were grazing their cattle openly at Daudu; again, we seized 80 cows, bringing the total number of seized animals to 230.”

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