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6 Jun 2018

ANTI-OPEN GRAZING LAW IN BENUE STATE AND OTHERS MUST BE SUSPENDED - DEFENSE MINISTER

The Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, has insisted on the suspension of the implementation of the anti-grazing law.

The minister said that the suspension will reduce the tension in troubled states.

He disclosed this on Tuesday after a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to the minister, “There is a need for the Nigeria police and Department of State Services to prosecute all the suspects arrested in the affected states while negotiating safe routes for the herders.

The meeting comes after series of calls by the governors of Benue, Taraba, Rivers and Ekiti calling for an end to the anti-open grazing law.

The Federal Government and other security agencies had been accused of neglecting and poorly handling the killings of innocent Nigerians in the troubled states.

However, the Defense Minister further stated that the president that has launched operation last hold to flush out insurgents from their hideouts in the Lake Chad Basin.

In the same vein, The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also gave hints that a team comprising the military, police and civil defence would be deployed to Zamfara State in two weeks to ensure maximum protection for the people.

In attendance at the meeting were the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, Director General of the NIA, Ahmed Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
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