Court Dismisses Miyetti Allah’s Suit Challenging Anti-Open Grazing Law


A federal high court sitting in Abuja on Thursday dismissed a suit filed by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore challenging the open grazing prohibition and establishment law passed by the Benue state house of assembly.

At the resumed sitting on Thursday, Justice Okon Abang,  also awarded N100,000 damages against the plaintiff, to be paid to all the 14 defendants named in the suit.

Justice Okon Abang said his judgment is based on the failure of the plaintiff to comply with an order issued by the court in 2017, directing the association to amend the originating summons.

The Benue State government had on  November 1, 2017  effected its ban on open grazing throughout the state.

 Governor Samuel Ortom on May 22, signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills into law.

According to the governor, the anti-grazing law would put to an end to incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue State.