Insecurity: Benue Assembly amends anti-open grazing law

Insecurity: Benue Assembly amends anti-open grazing law

The Benue State House of Assembly has the law prohibiting open grazing in the State (Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017) to provide for stiffer penalties for violators.

The law has now included a 14-year term with an option of N5million fine for anyone found guilty of encouraging under children to graze cattle openly in any part of the State.

The development was sequel to a of the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Resources, revealing lapses in the original law.

Chairman of the Committee and lawmaker representing Makurdi South constituency, Mr. Terwase Aondoakaa, while leading debate on the report, explained that the amended law would provide for N500,000 fine for any first offender caught moving livestock by foot in any part of Benue.

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According to him, a second time offender would be fined N1million with appropriate prison term.

He added that “the new law provides various fines for confiscated livestock N50,000 fine per cow, N10,000 per pig, N5,000 per goat and N1,000 for poultry bird”.

After deliberating on the report, the Speaker of the House, Mr. Titus Uba invited the of the House to read the for the third time after which the House passed the bill into law.

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