Benue State Livestock Guard has ceased 230 cows found grazing openly in some parts of the state.
State Commander of the Guard, Mr. Linus Zaki, made this known today during an interview with newsmen in Makurdi.
He explained that fifty cows were impounded at Tse-Iordye, 80 impounded at Tse-Daudu, all in Guma Local Government Area while 100 of the cattle were impounded at Gbaji in Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.
Mr. Zaki also told journalists that the Guard arrested four herdsmen in the course of the operation and handed them over to the police for prosecution.
The cows, according to Mr. Zaki, would remain in custody of the Livestock Guard until the owners go to the state Ministry of Agriculture to pay the stipulated fines.
He said the law stipulates that after seven days, if the owners fail to come for the cows, the animals should be auctioned.