Darius Ishaku, Taraba state government has banned open grazing in the state. The governor made the announcement during the burial ceremony of the lawmaker representing Takum I state constituency, Hosea Ibi who was kidnapped on December 30, 2017, and was later found dead.
While announcing the ban on open grazing, Ishaku also appealed to the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, to jointly protect Benue/Taraba corridors.Ishaku has now joined his counterparts in Benue and Ekiti states to officially place a ban on open grazing. Benue governor had on May 22, signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills into law in Benue State and affected the anti-open grazing law on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Governors Ishaku and Ortom also close ranks against attempts by the Federal Government to establish cattle colony in both states. Some Federal lawmakers including Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and the Speaker of the Taraba State assembly have appealed to Governor Ortom to protect the state against the alleged genocide agenda of minority tribes in the Middle Belt by suspected herdsmen.