Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has cautioned youths of the state to remain law-abiding and avoid clashes with herdsmen to pave way for the successful implementation of the open grazing prohibition and establishment of ranches law.
The bill, which will commence in November this year, is meant to curb trespassing of Fulani herdmen into farmlands in the state.
Governor Ortom gave the caution during the burial of Maryam Isa Usman, the daughter of his Special Adviser on Monitoring and Evaluation, Alhaji Isa Usman, which took place at Ogwule-Kaduna in Agatu local government area of the state.
Explaining further, Governor Ortom, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Politics and Intra-Party Affairs, Hon. Saawuan Tarnongu, said the November deadline for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law does not imply that herdsmen will be chased out of the state.
He said the law is not targeted at a particular ethnic group as those willing to ranch their livestock will be encouraged to do so, stressing that the era of open grazing of animals in the state is over.
He also reassured the people that his administration would continue to place the security of lives and property on the front burner while also ensuring the welfare of the people.
Ortom urged the people not to be deceived by the falsehood sponsored on social media by enemies of the state who looted its resources and threw its economy into a deficit.