Anti-Open Grazing Law: BNSG Auctions Impounded Cows

The Ministry Of Agriculture Has Not Informed Us About The Auction- MACBAN Secretary

Four cattle were today, Friday auctioned to the public by the Benue state Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in conjunction with Benue Internal Revenue Service ( BIRS) at the Bureau of Archives Research and Documentation Makurdi
Director of Administration and Supply Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Martin Tseuma who represented Commissioner of the Ministry, Hon. Timothy Ijir at the event briefed newsmen that the auctioned cows were confiscated in August this year by the Livestock Guards for contravening the state’s Anti-Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017 which stipulates that impounded Livestock that stay more than seven days in their custody be auctioned. He said the four cows had stayed with them for 23 days without the owners making claims.
“It is just to comply with the law that we have prohibited open grazing and the Livestock Guards impounded those cows and they failed to come and pay the fine. That is the reason why we are auctioning it and the EXCO has approved it. It is not a hidden thing. The state government is aware, so we are only complying with the law.
“The cows were impounded on the 6th of August, up till this time. This is 23 days, so it is against the law.
“They are aware that their cows were impounded and ought to have come to claim their cows. But since they have failed, we are only working according to the law of the state”.
Mr Tseuma explained that the biggest cow was sold for seventy thousand (70,000 ) only while the smallest one went for fifty thousand (50,000) only.
Commander of the state Livestock Guards, Mr Linus Zaki urged everybody who owns Livestock to ranch it well so that the law will not catch up with them, saying the Anti-Open Grazing Law was not limited to cows.
“If we see even your goats, sheep or pigs grazing openly, we will arrest it,” the Commander told journalists.
When contacted for comments, Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) in Benue state, Mr Ibrahim Galma who replied through a text message said,
“the ministry of agriculture has not informed us about the auction. If there are some impounded cows in their custody they should have informed us before auctioning the cows in order to enable us identify the cows and process for their release to the right owner. So it’s unfortunate”.
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