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Peace can finally return to Benue State as shepherds who attack parts of the state are ready to lay down their arms and abide by the terms of the Benue Open Weizing Prohibition Law [19659004]

However, they asked for more time to help them adapt to the new policy and graze in the grazing reserves already developed in the northern parts of the country.

This position was reached at the end of the meeting by pastors, lobbyists and governors of the Benue and Nasarawa states with members of the Technical Subcommittee of the National Economic Committee at the Crisis of Shepherds and Peasants in Benue, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Taraba states by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Speaking at the press conference, Governor Umahi said yesterday, at the end of his mission in Makurdi, that the team had had successful meetings with all parties in Benue and Nasarawa. Mr. Umahi, who found the decisions made at the end of the mediation talks, said: "We have observed that all parties are ready to make peace, and we consider the terms and proposals of the various groups that have been given to us the way to peace.

"From discussions, it was agreed by the parties that the state of Benue has the right to enact laws, and that individuals or groups of persons who are in the state are required to obey the law. [19659011] "They also have a duty to meet with the authorities of the law to speak about every part of the law that they believe they will not like.

" We have agreed on this unfortunate matter from all parties, that we are pursuing peace, disarming any group, housing the militia, and assisting security chiefs in the capture of persons with illicit weapons

"The security people have also praised everyone who owns an illegal weapon, no matter who the person is.

"The cheering news is that the shepherds in Benue and Nasarawa are prepared to comply with the Open Grazing Prohibition Law of Benue state hold, but they would pull more time for livestock and support from the federal government in grazing reserves. "


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