Benue lawmakers caution security agencies against partisanship

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


House of Representatives members from Benue State, Central Nigeria, have urged Security Agencies in the country to avoid partisanship in dealing with the crises ravaging the State.

In a Press Conference on the issue, the lawmakers reaffirmed their support for the full implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law in Benue State as the only panacea to resolving the perennial herders/farmers clashes, urging all livestock farmers in the State to abide by the law.

The lawmakers said the Police, Soldiers and other security agencies in the State must be professionals and restrict themselves to their constitutional role of maintaining law and order, for the return of peace in the State and other parts of the country.

Mr.  John Dyegh who spoke on behalf of the eight member-caucus said “We appeal to all peace loving residents of Benue to cooperate with the security agencies and not to take laws into their hands, but report any suspicious conduct or infringement on their rights to the appropriate security agencies.”

On the Federal Government’s proposed Cattle Colonies, as measure to contain the crisis, the lawmakers insisted that “there is no land for cattle colonies or grazing routes in Benue State.”

The lawmakers were of the opinion that only true federalism will solve the lingering crisis that claimed many lives, while property worth millions of Naira lost.