- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said that herdsmen have sacked half of five local government areas of the state
- He also said that about 560 people were killed since January this year
- Ortom said that the attacks on several communities across the state were beyond grazing
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said that half of five local government areas of the state have been sacked by herdsmen militia.
Nigerian Tribune reports that he gave the affected local government areas sacked by herdsmen to include Makurdi, Gwer west, Guma, Logo and Kwande.
NAIJ.com gathered that the governor further hinted that the herdsmen crisis that rocked the state commencing from New Year day claimed lives of 560 people.
Ortom reeled out the devastating effect of the herdsmen attack on the state during his visit to the residence of former Senate president, Iyorchia Ayu, where stakeholders’ from Gboko, Buruku and Tarka council areas referred to as JEMGBA.
He said that the attacks on several communities across the state were beyond grazing but rather the continuation of the 1804 conquest and the occupation agenda of Jihadists.
While soliciting support for his re-election at the stakeholders meeting, Governor Ortom said that his first term was characterised by several challenges which he enumerated to include lack of funds resulting to non-payment of salaries, natural disaster, and insecurity, all he said he was gradually overcoming.
The governor appealed to other aspirants to eschew violence as they solicit the mandate of the people, pointing out that peace should be the ultimate desire of everyone.
The stakeholders at the meeting pledged there support for re-election of the governor.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, a former Lagos state commissioner of police, disclosed that he was the person who instigated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s probe of the Benue state government.
In an interview with Punch on Monday, August 27, Tsav, who described himself as a whistle blower, explained that he wrote a petition in 2016, which contained allegations of fraud levelled against the state government by some pensioners in the state.
It was reported that he said the EFCC was acting on that petition; and that he had already honoured an invitation from the anti-graft agency to shed light on the petition.
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