Ortom says he won’t surrender his govt to criminals, denies backing Yahaya Bello to leave APC

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Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom JP, has vowed not to surrender his administration to criminals who are sponsoring Fulani attacks and other clashes to make the state ungovernable for him.

This is just as the governor made it known that it was a lie that he was backing his Kogi state counterpart, Governor Yahaya Bello, to leave his party, APC.

Governor Ortom stated this yesterday during a press conference which he addressed at the Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi.

The Benue governor pressed further that he is aware that some criminal elements in the state had already planned to use insecurity to discredit his administration.

He however promised to work hand in hand with various security agencies to ensure that there is relative peace in Benue state.

His words: “I will not surrender my government to criminals. We will liaise with security agencies to ensure peace in the state.”

Also, Governor Ortom dismissed reports that the Anti Open Grazing Prohibition Law which he signed last year was targeted at some ethnic groups, saying that whoever that wants to do cattle business in the state should follow the laid down rule.

On this, Governor Ortom said: “Anti Open Grazing Prohibition Law in the state is not targeted at any ethnic group or individuals.

“Anybody who wants to do cattle business in the state should follow the guidelines provided by the law and ranch them. Government will not compromise on the people’s law”.

The governor also said that his administration is ready to collaborate with the police and other relevant agencies to arrest and prosecute those harbouring kidnappers and cultists in the state.

He said: “My administration will collaborate with the security agencies to ensure the full implementation of the kidnapping and anti-cultism laws to end violence in the state”

Governor Ortom also disclosed that farming, business and academic activities had been paralysed in Katsina-Ala due to the bloodletting in the town.

The governor said through the intelligence report made available to him, it was discovered that the violence in Katsina-Ala and its environs were the handiwork of some criminal elements, stressing that government would do everything possible to arrest them.

His words: “As it is now, no farming, business and school activities are going on in Sankera area due to the criminality in the area”

On the planned defection of Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, from APC as well as his (Ortom) reported involvement, Governor Ortom said: “I did not instruct the Governor of Kogi State to defect from APC to Accord Party. I have nothing to do with Kogi politics.

“The problems I am facing here in Benue are enough for me. Even on the issue of open grazing law, I have never asked other states to emulate Benue”.