The federal government has reportedly banned the open grazing of cattle in the country.
The ban is coming days after suspected herdsmen attacked two communities in Benue state.
According to The Nation, the decision to ban the group was reached after a meeting of a federal government delegation, security agencies and five governors.
Samuel Ortorm, Benue state governor, was said to have made the decision known in a communique issued after the meeting.
“The meeting noted that all animal farmers must ranch their cattle and livestock for better productivity. It also observed the existing synergy between the security agencies and between the states and the Federal Government,” Ortom was quoted as saying.
The closed-door meeting, which lasted for hours, was attended by the governors of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger and Taraba states, and heads of security agencies.
Ortom also said it was agreed at the meeting that Nigerians should desist from hate speeches that were fuelling the crisis.