Court restrains Nigeria police from proscribing Benue Livestock Guards

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Court restrains Nigeria police from proscribing Benue Livestock Guards

- A Makurdi High Court has given a verdict on Benue state livestock guards

- The court issued an interim order restraining police authorities from prohibiting or shutting down offices of the guards

- Benue State Livestock Guards was set up to implement the state Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law

A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Austine Ityonyiman on Thursday, November 8, issued an interim order restraining the Inspector General of Police, and the Benue state commissioner of police from prohibiting or shutting down offices of the Benue state livestock guards in any part of the state.

The court also restrained the Inspector General of Police and the Benue state commissioner of police from preventing officers of the Benue state livestock guards from carrying out their legitimate functions of implementing the state Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, pending the determination of the motion on notice brought before the court.

The judge granted the motion brought by the Benue state government through Mr Douglas Pepe, praying the court to restrain the Nigerian Police whom he stated where acting outside the scope of their constitutional mandate.

Pepe had argued that the livestock guards was a creation of the law and the body was carrying out its functions as stipulated by the legislation establishing it.

After listening to the argument of counsel to the Benue state government, the judge granted the application pending the determination of the motion on notice.

The judge thereafter adjourned the case to Friday, November 23, for hearing of the motion.

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Meanwhile, Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has condemned the kidnap of four Catholic priests by unknown gunmen suspected to be armed herdsmen in Umutu/Abraka, Ethiope East local government area of Delta state.

In a statement sent to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom described the abduction of the four Reverend Fathers as barbaric, dehumanizing and shameful.

He wondered why armed herdsmen have chosen to make harmless clergymen targets of attacks, stressing that the motive of the perpetrators is clearly beyond mere grazing of cattle.

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