Court dismisses Miyetti Allah’s suit to stop Benue Open Grazing Law

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore seeking to void the 2017 Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment Law passed by the Benue State House of Assembly.

The Benue state government had passed into law the 2017 Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment following incessant killings resulting from the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

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In the judgment delivered on Thursday, Justice Okon Abang held that the plaintiff’s suit was incompetent.
Justice Abang further held that the plaintiff failed to comply with an earlier order of the court made about 19 months ago, directing it to file an amended originating summons.
He therefore awarded a cost of N100, 000 against the plaintiff to be paid to all the 14 defendants before any other step can be taken in the suit.

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