Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Taraba state rejects cattle colonies | Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill six more people in Benue


The Taraba State Government on Wednesday said the state has no land for cattle colonies as is being proposed by the Federal Government.

The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Yusufu Akirikwen, disclosed this in an interview in Jalingo.

Akirikwen said the state government has enacted a law for the establishment of ranches and called on the Federal Government to support the implementation of the law, which is billed to take effect January 24.

He noted that the Federal Government has a lot of responsibilities to cater for at the federal level and should support state governors to implement the ranching system, which he described as the world’s best practice of cattle rearing.

“The truth of the matter is that the idea of cattle colony is still not very clear to most Nigerians.

“What is cattle colony? We have been colonised by the colonial masters and now we will be colonised by cows?

“Where would the Federal Government get land for cattle colonies? Would they sit there in Abuja and acquire lands across the states of the federation for cattle colonies? And whose land would they acquire?

“We have enacted a law for ranching here in Taraba, but we are not acquiring land for people. People are going to buy land to ranch their animals. Just like farmers buy land to do their farming business, people are going to buy land and do their ranching business,” he said

According to him, the state government has put in place implementation mechanisms at various levels, calling on the Federal Government to support Taraba with enough security for the smooth implementation of the law.

Meanwhile, suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed six more people in Logo, Guma and Okpokwu Local Government Areas of Benue State.

Benue Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed the attacks on Wednesday at the Government House in Makurdi.

Ortom disclosed this when he received a former military administrator of the state, Brigadier General Dominic Oneya (rtd), who led a delegation on a condolence visit to the governor.

Ortom said two women were reported killed in Guma LGA and two persons in Logo on Tuesday, stressing that pockets of killings were still going on.



The state was thrown into another round of mourning on Wednesday as he confirmed another set of killings by suspected herdsmen in Odidi and Ojokpailo in Okpokwu LGA, Channels TV reports.

The Governor reiterated his call on security agencies to arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore whom he alleged were still issuing threats of resisting implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law in the state.

He thanked General Oneya for identifying with people of the state in their trying moment, stressing that it was a demonstration of a true friend.

Ortom, however, noted that the crises between herdsmen and farmers had lingered for years without anyone coming up with a bold step to address the issues.

He further stressed that implementing the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law was targeted at finding a permanent solution to the challenge in the state.


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