Killings: Ortom urges FG to declare herdsmen in Benue as terrorists

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare armed Fulani herdsmen killing innocent people in communities of Benue State as terrorists.

Governor Ortom’s plea was contained in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, this morning.

The governor’s call follows repeated herdsmen attacks on different communities of the state in the last couple of months. The latest of such attacks took place last night at Tse-Chembe community near Anyiin in Logo Local Government Area where the herders murdered seven persons in cold blood and left many others badly injured.

On the statement, Governor Ortom condemned the invasion and killings and describes the situation as unacceptable.

He said Benue State has a law which prohibits open grazing of livestock, and stresses that only a terrorist group would deliberately choose to violate the legislation as Fulani herdsmen have done since the law was enacted in 2017.

According to the governor, declaring the armed herders operating in Benue State as terrorists will end the wave of impunity and guarantee the rule of law.

He called on people of the state, especially those living in the affected areas to report any suspicious persons to security agencies.

Commending officers and men of Operation Whirl Stroke for their prompt responses to distress calls, particularly that of yesterday when the people of Tse-Chembe came under herdsmen’s attacks, the governor reassured Benue people that his administration will not surrender the state to criminal elements, be they herdsmen or any other group.

He added that no amount of threats and attacks will stop the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the State.