Akase says Ortom has no link with armed militia attacking Fulani herders on Benue/Nasarawa Borders

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Mr. Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, has debunked allegations that the governor is having any links with armed militia in any part of the country.

Akase was reacting to reports credited to the chairman of Keana LG in Nasarawa state, Mr. Adamu Adi, where he alleged that Governor Ortom of keeping armed militia that have been attacking Fulani herders.

According to the CPS who also demanded an apology from Mr. Adi, the allegation against his principal was mischievous and aimed at ruining the smooth relationship between Ortom and his Nasarawa state counterpart, Governor Abdulahi Sule.

Recall that Mr. Adamu Adi was on the air recently where he alleged that it was the armed militia being kept by Governor Ortom that have been attacking and killing Fulani herders on the border between Benue and Nasarawa.

In his reaction, Akase stressed on a meeting which was held on May 20, 2020 in Yelewata where both Governors Ortom and Sule discussed very well on the issue of security surrounding both states.

Akase said: “One of the resolutions in the meeting is that the Open Grazing law of Benue should be respected by all parties. And that whenever herders got to the borders they should not cross into Benue state.

“Interestingly the Keana Chairman was in that meeting. So what he did was mischief or a deliberate effort to sabotage the peace efforts of the Governors of Benue and Nasarawa states.

“The two Governors have been having sleepless nights to find a solution to that problem, his governor initiated the first meeting and visited Benue after which our governor, Ortom visited Lafia and they again met in Yelewata.

“So if the two leaders have been trying to find a way out of this problem and he then suddenly came on air to make such spurious statements that were very unfortunate and misleading and we demand an apology.”