The Benue state anti-open grazing law which came into enforcement on November 1, 2017 has led to an exodus of herdsmen.
The leader of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (North Central), Gidado Bebeji, disclosed this to journalists.
Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, had on Wednesday declared open grazing illegal as he declared the commencement of the Anti-Open Grazing Law.
Bebeji opined that the new law is an attack on the fundamental right to free movement of cattle herders.
“The state government has been speaking English with nobody caring to properly inform the pastoralists. They (herders) may be leaving the state as being reported because they would not want to be lawless especially against a law they do not understand very well,” he said.
The exodus of herdsmen was confirmed by the Benue State Coordinator of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo.
He said members of the association have started leaving the state following the commencement of the anti-grazing law.