Ortom: Herders killing will stop only if Buhari wants it to stop…Bandits are allies of govt- Benue Gov alleges

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, says killings by fulani herdsmen will only stop if President Muhamadu Buhari wants it to stop.

Governor Ortom said this while condemning Sunday’s killings of Eight persons including two aide workers and a relation of his during a raid on Nzorov and Uvir council wards of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected herdsmen.

In his words, the governor said: “The day that President Buhari wants these killings to stop, they will stop. But for now, I think that this is what they want and it is not strange to me because they have said it before.

“They want to take over the country, but some of us will fight that with the last pint of our blood, that I can assure you. We cannot keep quiet in the face of injustice. If you want us to keep quiet, you must also give us justice, then we can keep quiet.”

Confirming the attack, the governor said his relation, an undergraduate of Benue State University, was among the eight victims.

His words: “He was a 200-Level student of Benue State University. He was killed by the Fulani militia, including two humanitarian aid workers and the others.

“It is unfortunate, and they even had the guts to send words to the person who called the phone of one of the workers that they should tell me that I should repeal the open grazing prohibition law otherwise they will continue with the killings.

“That is the kind of impunity we are talking about. That is the injustice and unfairness we are talking about in this country and the evil being perpetrated by these people.

“We will continue to cry out to the outside world to see the genocide that is going on here in Benue State and other parts of Nigeria.

“I heard somebody made an unfortunate statement that said the Fulani bandits are like spirits so they cannot be seen. That is why they can arrest Nnamdi Kanu and displace Sunday Igboho but herdsmen cannot be arrested.

“These are people, who are romancing government officials, yet killing people, taking our children hostage, raping our children in schools and our women yet nothing is being done because they are like spirits.

“We see this militia, who come out on videos claiming that they were hired by the government and yet somebody is saying that they cannot be seen. We know that Gumi can go to the forests to see them, come back and negotiate ransom; and somebody is saying that they are like spirits”

Recall that eight persons including two aide workers and a relation of the governor were on Sunday killed during a raid on Nzorov and Uvir council wards of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected herdsmen.

The victims according to findings were said to be on their routine assignment when they were captured by their abductors at Tomanyiin village.