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Friday, 26 January 2018

Breaking: Governor Lalong denies secret deal with herdsmen, rejects cattle colonies in Plateau state

Breaking: Governor Lalong denies secret deal with herdsmen, rejects cattle colonies in Plateau state

Governor Lalong rejects cattle colonies in Plateau state

- Governor Lalong dismisses report that parts of Plateau state have been carved out for the creation of colonies for cattle

- He describes that report as false, malicious and highly mischievous

- The minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, says the blockage of grazing routes across the country triggered violence witnessed in some states

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has rejected the idea of cattle colonies being proposed by the federal government.

The governor in a statement made available to NAIJ.com on Friday, January 26, by his special adviser on media and publicity, Dan Manjang, also dismissed a report particularly in the social media that parts of Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Bokkos local government areas of the state have been carved out for the creation of colonies for cattle in "fulfilment of his promises to the Fulani who have pressured him, to either cede those areas or he faces the other side of their viciousness which may cost his aspirations".

Lalong described that report as false, malicious and highly mischievous.

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The statement read in part"The Governor herein after state unequivocally that this thinking is not only the figment of the imagination of its authors, who want to make political capital out of it, but false, malicious and highly mischievous.

"Governor Simon Bako Lalong has and does not contemplate such action and he further calls on all good citizens of Plateau to bury such imagination of these elements, who are bent on throwing the State into confusion. Cattle colonies are not in the imagination of Governor Lalong.

"Consequently, the Governor urges all peace loving citizens of Plateau State to discountenance such mischievous information but to gravitate towards issues that unite us rather than those that divide us.

Meanwhile, the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has blamed the implementation of anti-grazing law in some states as the immediate cause of the killings in Benue and Taraba states.

Dan-Ali made the statement on Thursday, January 25, when speaking with journalists at the end of a meeting of the National Security Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, The Punch reports.

He said the blockage of grazing routes across the country led to the violence witnessed in some states.

When responding to questions if he was justifying the killings because of the blockage of the routes, the minister insisted that the remote cause is part of the grazing law.

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