- The government of Samuel Otorm has become embattled following the attacks and destruction of communities by Fulani herdsmen
- Governor Ortom has now warned herdsmen who cannot obey the recently passed law to restrict grazing activities to leave peacefully
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has continued with sleepless nights over the best way to resolve the burning issue of Fulani herdsmen attacks in his state.
This time, against accusations, Ortom insisted that his administration followed due process in the passage of the anti-open grazing prohibition bill which was recently signed into law.
Speaking through his senior special assistant on media, Mr Godwin Akor, in Makurdi, the state’s capital, Governor Ortom warned those who are not satisfied with the new law to head to the court.
He warned against violence from those who think otherwise about the new law.
NAIJ.com learnt that the governor also commended the Catholic Church for supporting his administration on issues relating to security.
The law provided the opportunity for herdsmen operate ranching. Ortom warned those who plan not to obey it to leave the state in peace.
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“Those who were ready to ranch their cattle would be assisted to do so, and noted that peace has returned to the state,” he reportedly said.
Ortom noted that corruption was fighting back his government over his stand, but assured that victory was certain through God.
He said: “My administration has made arrangements to block loopholes in the payment of salaries, so other things have been suspended to ensure that the salary problem is tackled.”
NAIJ.com recently reported that Governor Samuel Otorm has alerted Nigerians that one of the most wanted militia leaders, Terwase Akwaza, better known as Gana, is an agent of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The governor said Gana had carried out many attacks and continues to terrorise the people in communities and villages.
Watch this devastation caused by Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna: