The Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, has called for the suspension of the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue, Ekiti and other parts of the country.
The minister said that the suspension will reduce the tension in troubled states.
He disclosed this on Tuesday after a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Dan-Ali, in a statement signed by his Public Relations Officer, Col. Tukur Gusau, and made available to journalists at the end of the meeting, said he suggested the suspension of the implementation of anti-open grazing laws in some states while negotiating a safe routes for herdsmen.
According to the minister, “There is a need for the Nigeria police and Department of State Services to prosecute all the suspects arrested in the affected states while negotiating safe routes for the herders.”
The Defense minister further stated that he informed the president that operation last hold has been launched to flush out insurgents from their hideouts in the Lake Chad Basin.
Those who attended the meeting held behind closed doors inside one of the conference halls of the President’s office include: the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retd.); National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin.
Others were: the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas; a representative of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; and Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.