70 herdsmen arrested, 11 facing prosecution in Benue, says Owoseni
70 herdsmen arrested, 11 facing prosecution in Benue, says Owoseni
11 herdsmen facing prosecution in Benue – Owoseni
The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, has that 11 out of the 16 herdsmen so far arrested in connection with various attacks recorded recently in the state, are currently being prosecuted.

The police boss, who disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday, also explained that about 70 herdsmen had been arrested for violating the state’s anti-open grazing law.

He added that the police arrested 106 persons in connection with the disturbance in Gboko, which led to the death of seven travellers.

The police boss described as untrue, comments by some notable Nigerians that the law enforcement agents had yet to apprehend any herdsmen in connection with the killings in the state.

He said, “We are making more arrests. For instance, 106 people were arrested over the mayhem in Gboko; about 70 herdsmen, who violated the anti-grazing law, have also been arrested.

“Five more persons involved in the killings in the Guma and Logo local government areas have also been arrested, apart from the 11 herdsmen who are facing prosecution at the moment.

In all, 16 herdsmen have so far been arrested. The command is working assiduously to ensure that peace reigns in the state.”

Three herdsmen; Iliya Garba, Hassan Abdullah and Lamhark Lonfak were, penultimate Friday, sentenced to one year imprisonment each for violating the anti-open grazing law by Magistrate Lillan Tsumba.

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