BY Anayima Abo
Benue State Government has stressed that no amount of intimidation or attacks will Stop the Livestock Guards to ensure implementation of the 2027 Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.
Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Security Lt. Col. Paul Hemba rtd disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Màkurdi following attacks on the patrol team comprising Livestock Guards and Agro-Rangers by armed men suspected to be bandits killing a member of the Livestocks Guard on the spot.
Lt. Col. Hemba informed that during the attack which happened in Mbalagh community, Makurdi local government area, a stone throw from NASME barrack also left one of the Agro-Rangers with severe injury
Hembah also lamented on the series of attacks on members of the Livestock Guard and other Security personnel, recalling the incedence at Adaka along Naka road and another in Guma local government area where he said two people were killed.
“All these attacks have been unprovoked. These bandits would come into a village, lay ambush and ,open fire either on Security operatives or Community members, kill them and flee. They target now is members of the Livestock Guard and Security operatives probably, to intimidate them not to do their job. In this instance, we called members of Operation Whirl Stroke who responded immediately but before they could get there, the bandits had already flee
Commander of the Livestock Guard Linus Zaki vowed that no amount of attacks will stop them to implement the Anti-open grazing Law to the latter, “attacking and Killing us we not make us leave the job. We will not leave our land for herdsmen or bandits’.