The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom had on Thursday, 31st October, warned cattle owners in the state to ensure that their animals are adequately kept to avoid open grazing or be ready to face the authorities as specified by the law.
The Governor gave the warning when he sighted a herd of cattle roaming around the streets at Iniongun road, Wadata area of Makurdi.
Ortom directed the Livestock Guards to immediately impound the animals and take them to the Quarantine Unit, stressing that by provisions of the ranching law, the cattle would be auctioned if the owner fails to pay the requisite fines after seven days.
The governor added that herders who refuse to keep their livestock in ranches would be prosecuted in accordance with provisions of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017.
Ortom then called on Benue people to volunteer information regarding open grazing of animals to Livestock Guards, adding that officers and men of the agency can not be everywhere.