A Makurdi High Court has issued an interim order restraining the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, from prohibiting or shutting down offices of the Benue State Livestock Guards in any part of the state.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Austine Ityonyiman, in his ruling on Thursday also restrained the Benue State Commissioner of Police, Okon Ene, from preventing officers of the Livestock Guards from carrying out their legitimate functions pending the determination of the motion on notice brought before the court.
According to the judge, the guards were implementing the state Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.
The Judge granted the motion brought by the Counsel to the Benue State Government, Mr Douglas Pepe, who prayed the Court to restrain the Nigerian Police whom he stated where acting outside the scope of their constitutional mandate.
Mr Pepe had argued that the Livestock Guards was a creation of the law and the body was carrying out its…
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