Ortom to Buhari: Stop Benue killings

Nigeria: Benue State Conflict Leaves 83 Dead in 1 Week

71 die in Nigeria's Benue state violence

Let the people know that we do things in an orderly manner, we don't just do things anyhow.

According to the governor, the situation has taken a different dimension as the militia exchanged fire with mobile policemen in Logo Local Government Area, killing two and leaving another injured.

Ortom further refuted report by the Inspector general of Police, Ibrahim Idris that Benue attacks was as a result of communal clash. The movement of the DIG, the movement of the IG now to relocate to Benue State to ensure that this challenge is surmounted was at the instance of Mr. President.

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Tuesday urged the federal government to arrest and treat Fulani herdsmen on a killing spree in Benue and some parts of the state as terrorists.

Benue had brought into effect an anti-open grazing law on November 1, 2017.

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"Any policy or any directive, anything that will help stop the killing of these innocent people who are not armed will go because this can not continue".

Ortom had said the suspected militia that attacked the state, killing about 50 persons, are known, and that "they are in Tonga, that is where these people are camped and coming to attack people".

"I want to say that the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should cover their faces in shame".

Federal government has given the marching order to security agencies to apprehend and prosecute perpetrators of the wanton killings in parts of the country, especially Benue.

On allegation by the Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN Chairman, Benue State chapter, Garos Gololo, that the killings were in retaliation for the theft of 1,000 cows by some people in the state, Governor Ortom said, "You know that man is a liar". Today, relatively, we were peaceful until this unfortunate incident happened. On Monday, two policemen were killed by herdsmen who had earlier exchanged gunfire with the police, Mr. Ortom said.

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