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Enforcement of Anti-Grazing Law in Benue causing havoc in Cross River – Ayade

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Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade has said the enforcement of the Open Grazing Law in neighbouring Benue state is causing havoc in his state.

The governor made the claims on Monday in Calabar after suspected herdsmen from Benue invaded a community in Cross River, killing one and injuring others.

According to the governor, intelligence information revealed that the suspects invaded a community in Yala Local Government Area of the state and following a little argument, a skirmish ensued leading to the death of one person and others injured.

Seeking FG’s intervention

Addressing a press conference after a closed-door meeting with Heads of security agencies in the state, Ayade condemned the invasion and called on the Federal Government to intervene in the matter to prevent reprisals.

“Currently, the situation where farmers feel a deep sense of loss with the continuous grazing on their economic crops while the herdsmen are also desperately looking for pasture to sustain their cattle, it’s a complex situation,” he said.

“But obviously, this passage of the Anti-Open Grazing Law fully in Benue State and its implementation is taking a havoc effect on Cross River State.”

The governor also lamented that the state government is under pressure from the affected community to ensure that the herdsmen are relocated elsewhere for the sake of peace.