The Police in Benue State on Sunday said the command was not aware of any herder who committed suicide on account of losing his 200 cows.
A national newspaper had quoted the Benue State Coordinator of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo, as saying that a herder in Logo Local Government Area of the state drown himself in the river after losing multiple of his cattle.
Gololo in the said media report blamed the ban on open grazing for his member's death and the lose of his animals which allegedly died from starvation. But, Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), for the Benue Command, Moses Joel Yamu, told our correspondent in Makurdi that the incident whether or not it happened was not to the knowledge of the police.
Yamu said the command could neither confirm or debunk it because the matter was never reported and that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Logo area has also denied any knowledge of such incident in his domain.
Contacted, Gololo, told Daily Trust yesterday that since the implementation of the grazing law, his members coŵs numbering up to 600 have died as a result of water starvation while also alleging that the deceased, one Mohammed Abdulkadiri jumped into the river from the Awe axis of Nasarawa state bordering Logo LGA because he lost 200 of his cattle in similar manner
Gololo said the matter could not be reported to the police after an initial call he made to the command's headquarters in Makurdi was not answered, adding that he did not put up a repeat call as in his estimation that wasn't as necessary as they loses bordering his members.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom through his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Terver Akase, has faulted Gololo's claim, stressing that, the alarm was the height of falsehood and one in a series of organised blackmail and propaganda by those who are opposed to the ranching law of Benue State.
"We have contacted the police and other security agencies but there is no confirmation that a Fulani cattle owner jumped into the river in Logo or any other part of Benue state. Similarly, there is no confirmation by security agencies that 600 cows owned by Fulanis are missing," he said.