The Benue State Government has directed its Ministry of Finance to auction off livestock confiscated in violation of the state Anti-Open Grazing Law 2017. The Commissioner for Information, Lawrence Onoja, disclosed this while briefing newsmen after the state Executive Council meeting on Thursday in Makurdi. Onoja said the livestock was confiscated from some cattle owners in the state who violated the subsisting law against open grazing. He however, said the government gave the livestock owners up to March 19 to pay stipulated fines to the state Ministry of Agriculture to claim their animals. Onoja said failure to do so would prompt the livestock to be auctioned as from March 20. He also disclosed that the council approved the release of N261 million as counterpart fund for International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) programme in the state.