The war against the Anti-Open Grazing law enacted by Benue and Taraba States took a different dimension as the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, accused Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, and his Taraba State counterpart, Mr Darius Ishaka, of sponsoring the militia causing havoc in the states.

While Sanusi believes that the leaders of the two states are training militia to attack the herdsmen, both state governments have refuted the claims.

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He said, “We hope that the Vice President will speak to the Governors of Taraba and Benue in particular, on the manner the militias have continued to implement these obnoxious and unconstitutional laws”.

“We hope that he will speak to the governors and the traditional rulers of the Bachama, the Tivs. This country cannot afford ethnic conflicts and hopefully, we will sit down with them and find a way forward.”

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Reacting to the statement, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom, Mr Terver Akase absolved his principal of the allegations.