Open-Grazing Ban: Nasarawa Govt Calls For Calm

Halesmah Gayam  
Updated November 3, 2017

Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-makura has called for calm amidst migration of Fulani herdsmen from Benue State into some border communities of the state following the anti-open grazing law implemented by the Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.

Al-Makura said this after surveillance of the affected communities with security chiefs in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

The governor said the migration has not reached an alarming rate and that modalities have been put in place to ensure that there is no disruption of law and order in the state.

He said, “after advising all local government areas and stakeholders to remain calm and not allow any of such things to cause disruption of peace and order in the state, we felt we should also go and see for ourselves with all the security chiefs in the state.

“We have gone round about five local governments that make boundary with Benue State, we have noticed some movements of Fulanis migrating. But as far as we are concerned it has not reached an alarming stage. We are keeping our eyes opened and being vigilant to ensure that the migration does not disrupt peace and stability in the state.”

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The governor said residents should remain calm and to go about their normal businesses and also accommodate the herdsmen.

“We advise people to remain calm and go about their normal duties and also give some kind of reception in areas where their crops will not be encumbered for the time being as far as we are concerned no cause for alarm we will keep monitoring.

“We have already set committees along all these local government areas to monitor the movement and migration if it becomes intensive then we will know the next thing to do,” he said.

On whether there would be a replication of the same law in Nasarawa state, he kept the details as he said, “not in my imagination for, now.”

There have been concerns over the influx of Fulani herdsmen into agrarian border communities between Nasarawa and Benue States since the anti-open grazing law took effect on Wednesday, November 1.