A Fulani herdsman identified as Amandu Wakili has been arrested by the Benue State Livestock Guards.
It was reported that Wakili who was arrested in the company of other herdsmen, was responsible for the recent attacks on some communities in the state.
Speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Makurdi, the state capital, Mallam Wakili disclosed that they were working for one Alhaji Aliyu Tershaku.
He claimed that Tershaku asked herdsmen, including him to return to the state and continue with grazing of cattle in defiance of the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.
The herder, who was arrested in one of the communities bordering University of Agriculture Makurdi yesterday while openly grazing his cattle, said they were instructed to move to Benue but be watchful to resist cattle rustling while also avoiding destruction of farms.
“Two of my fellow herders who were with me ran away with their cattle when I was arrested and taken to Makurdi by operatives of the Livestock Guards” he in Hausa.
He further disclosed that they came to the state from Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, adding that more of their members were billed to relocate to Benue on the instructions of their leaders.
Reacting to the development, the State Commandant of Livestock Guards, Mr Linus Zaki, said they received intelligence reports that herders were grazing openly around University of Agriculture Makurdi communities and swiftly sent his patrolmen who arrested Mallam Wakili for contravening the state’s Ranching Law.
Zaki added that Wakili would be handed over to the Police for further investigation and prosecution.