- Governor Samuel Ortom says Benue killings might have been prevented if those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties had acted promptly
- He describes the frequent attacks by herdsmen as a national problem
- NEC finally approves military action against alleged herdsmen attackers
Governor Samuel Ortom has said that he will not remain silent but continue to voice out over the on-going killings in Benue state until the people of the state get justice.
Ortom made the statement on Thursday, February 15, when a delegation of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) south-south zone, led by Archbishop God-Dowell Oyibo Avwomakpa, paid him a visit in Makurdi, Vanguard reports.
The governor said the mass killings that occurred in the state could have been prevented if those saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties acted promptly on reports made about threats to invade the state.
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He reiterated the call for sack of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, for allegedly taking sides with the invaders.
Ortom described the frequent attacks by herdsmen as a national problem which patriots across the country must rise up to tackle decisively before it consumes our country.
Meanwhile, the National Economic Council (NEC), on Thursday, February 15, reportedly approved the use of military force to flush out bandits whose alleged activities have been linked to the clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country.
Daily Trust reports that the governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, briefed State House correspondents after the NEC meeting which was chaired by the nation’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.
The governor said the military was expected to comb forests and other places suspected to be the criminals' hideouts.
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