By Terver Akase
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says ranching of livestock remains the best solution yet, for ending frequent invasion and killing of innocent people by armed herdsmen.
Governor Ortom stated this yesterday in Abuja while addressing journalists shortly after a security meeting convened by the Ministers of Interior and Agriculture.
On the proposed establishment of cattle colonies, the Governor said he was yet to be convinced that the said colonies were better than ranching in the rearing of livestock, stressing that the Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment of Ranches Law is the way to go.
Governor Ortom disclosed that security men have been directed to ensure the arrest and prosecution of suspected armed Fulani militia who attacked communities in Benue State killing 71 persons and injuring many others.
According to him, the meeting agreed that killing in any form should not be allowed to continue in the country while those who take innocent lives must be made to pay for their actions.
He said the meeting also agreed that the killings in some parts of the country including Benue State should not be politicized to enhance the return of peace to the troubled areas.
While calling for synergy between the States and Federal Government to ensure that the rule of law prevails in the country, Governor Ortom said the meeting enjoined the people to stop hate speeches which are not adding value to the development of the country.
Also briefing newsmen, the Governor of Taraba State, Architect Darius Ishaku who announced that the anti-open grazing law in his state would come into effect by the end of this month, stressed that ranching remains the best option across the world.
Governor Ishaku described the killings in Benue and other parts of the country as condemnable, saying there was the compelling need for all Nigerians to be sensitized to know that they have to coexist for development to thrive.
The meeting had in attendance the Governors of Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba and the Ministers of Interior and Agriculture as well as the Inspector General of Police.