Court Dismisses Miyetti Allah’s Suit Against Benue Anti-Grazing Law
The Miyetti Allah lost a suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.
The court was presided over by Justice Okon Abang.
The suit is challenging the Benue State House of Assembly 2017 Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment Law.
The judge also ordered that Miyetti Allah pay N100,000 to the 14 defendants before any other step can be taken in the suit.
The Plaintiff had approached the court with the prayer to restrain the Benue State government from implementing the law as passed by Benue House of Assembly.
Justice Abang predicated his decision on the failure of the plaintiff to comply with an earlier order of the court delivered 19 months ago directing them to file an amended originating summons.
On May 22 2017, Governor Samuel Ortom signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bill into law.
On November 1, 2017, the Benue State government official effected its ban on open grazing throughout the state.
The new bill was to put an end to the continuous clashes between farmers and herdsmen which had led to bloodshed.