Court Dismisses Miyetti Allah’s Suit Seeking To Restrain Open Grazing Law

FILE PHOTO: A Hausa-Fulani boy stands while his cattle is grazing near some farms in the outskirts of Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria, on April 22, 2019. PHOTO: Luis TATO / AFP

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang has dismissed a suit filed by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

The suit is challenging and seeking to restrain the 2017 Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment Law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly

The court, on Thursday, also awarded a cost of N100, 000 against the plaintiff to be paid to all the 14 defendants before any other step can be taken in the suit.

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore had earlier approached the court with a prayer seeking a mandatory injunction of the court restraining the Benue State government from implementing the law as passed by the Benue State House of Assembly

Justice Abang predicated his decision on the failure of the plaintiff to comply with an earlier order of the court delivered 19 months ago directing them to file an amended originating summons.

Benue Anti-Open Grazing Law

The Benue State government on November 1, 2017 officially effected its ban on open grazing throughout the state.

This was after Governor Samuel Ortom on May 22, signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills into law.

According to the governor, the anti-grazing law would put to an end to incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue State.

He lamented the destruction of lives and property in clashes involving farmers and herdsmen over the years, and promised to promote ranching since it had proved to be the best way of rearing livestock globally.

Five Herdsmen Arrested In Benue For Violating Open-Grazing Law

The Benue State government has promised to make example of five herdsmen arrested in connection with violating the open grazing prohibition law in the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom said this at the presentation of 18 operational vehicles and 100 motorcycles to the Benue State livestock guards in Makurdi, Benue State.

He lamented the brutal killing of two farmers by herdsmen in Guma and Logo local councils and alleged murder and rape of the victims’ wife.

The police in Benue confirmed the arrest of the five herdsmen. The Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu said the arrested suspects will be made to face the wrath of the law.

The suspects were arrested for bearing arms and ammunitions in Logo and Guma, local government area. They were also arrested for allegedly killing a man while trying to defend his wife from being raped.

Benue state vigilante and livestock guards numbering on Monday, November 13, 600 converged at the government house in Makurdi, the Benue State capital for the official presentation of the 18 operational vehicles and 100 motorcycles.

Governor Ortom at the inauguration said he is unhappy about the violent response of the herdsmen since the enforcement of the open-grazing law since November 1st when it was effected and vowed to prosecute those already in police custody.

Benue State Vigilante Force commandant, George Mbessey in response pledged to abide by the rules of engagement in helping security agencies track offenders.