The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, a Fulani socio-cultural association has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the Director-General Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar over the Benue State anti-open grazing law.
The National Secretary of the association, Engineer Saleh Alhassan said yesterday in Abuja that details of the law passed by the state assembly and recently signed by Governor Samuel Ortom was a ploy to dislodge the subsistence herdsmen from their business.
“There was nothing in the law for the welfare of pastoralist despite the claim to such effect. The law however provide for the auction of cattle seized within seven days. We all know the disturbing issue of cattle rustling and rural banditry with the Fulani herdsmen suffering great loses,” Alhassan said.
He said the association and other Fulani herdsmen groups are using the instruments of law and other necessary legal means, enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution to challenge their profiling and denial of their rights.