….Gives Two Weeks Grace Period for Voluntary Submission of Arms
Determined to oust crime from his domain, Ado Local Government Executive Chairman, James Oche has, after a crucial meeting of the Local Government’s Security Council issued a red flag to criminals that, he is determined to hunt them down at whatever cost. He has similarly said the anti open grazing law of the state will be implemented to the later in Ado.
The highly confidential meeting had in attendance, representatives of security agencies, top traditional rulers and selected critical stakeholders who all gave a node to the disposition of the chairman to combat crime and enforce the provisions of the open grazing prohibition law of Benue State headlong within his domain.
In a statement made by the Information Officer of Ado Local Government, Samuel Ogbu, Oche further spelt out some of the punishment sections of the law which tagged the penalty for open grazing to be 5 years imprisonment and or One Million Naira fine, penalty for foot movement of livestock as Five Hundred Thousand Naira for first offenders and One Million for repeated offenders while livestock grazing indiscriminately would be impounded and after 7 days would be auctioned among others.
He stated further that, the menace occasioned by the nefarious activities of some herders and owners of livestock against farmers and the people would no longer be condoned and expressed the willingness of his administration to enforce to the later, the provisions of the law against open grazing. He enjoined all citizens of Ado to keep their livestock within ranches or bear the weight of the law.
Oche said, there would be a grace period of 2 weeks with effect from Tuesday 7th July, 2020 to allow those who contemplated within their consciences and decided to denounce crime to surrender up their arms at the office of the operation Whirlstroke in Igumale and be engaged meaningfully by the local government in a choice trade or empowered to do agriculture as well as financial recompense to pursue civil life.
He assured that, those who utilized this opportunity will not be subject of any further action by security agencies and would rather be protected but said those who would not hearken to the call for voluntary submission of arms should be prepared for the ensuing war against crime.
Oche said the operation Whirlstroke of the Nigeria Army, the Police, the Homeland Defence Volunteers Front, Civil Defense and the Vigilante were all empowered to swing into immediate action at the end of the grace period to bring down the criminal elements terrorizing the people.