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Gov Ortom Raises Alarm Over Influx Of Herdsmen in Benue LGs
Samuel Ortom, the Benue State governor, yesterday raised an alarm over the influx of rampaging armed Fulani herdsmen into the state.
The embattled governor, who revealed to the public during a courtesy call the by Rev. Akpen Leva, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led members of the association to Government House in Makurdi, stated that the herdsmen have thus far invaded six local government areas of the state.
He said the LGs invaded includes Makurdi, Kwande, Agatu, Brand, Guma and Katsina-Ala local government areas.
In accordance with Ortom, the herders additionally shot at a automobile belonging to the Livestock Guards and all their tyres have been shattered.
He stated that the recent assault came when information of the withdrawal of troops of Operation Whirl-Stroke (OPWS) went public.
“Since that plan of withdrawal of the OPWS went out, the herdsmen have started flooding the state. They’re in their numbers with sophisticated weapons even proper in my farm that’s located right in Makurdi, was final weekend attacked and the livestock guards vehicle was shot severally and depleted before they ran away,”
Ortom lamented the continued killings throughout the nation and blamed it on incapability of leaders to rise as much as their obligations.
He condemned the killing of Lawan Andimi, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika, Adamawa State urging safety agencies to fish out perpetrators of the act. Earlier, the chairman of CAN, Rev. Akpen Leva, suggested the governor to be magnanimous in victory and urged him to embrace all people with helpful concepts that may move the state ahead.
Rev. Leva expressed grief over continued keep of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within the camps throughout the state saying, the event is a transparent indication that peace has not but returned within the state.
He stated that the continued assault on the church particularly the killing of CAN chairman in Adamawa by Boko Haram terrorists, requires concerted prayers from all Christians within the country to forestall additional assaults.