… It's a challenge that calls for national cooperation, says Ortom

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James Ayatse, noted that Tiv people residing in Nasarawa and Taraba states are still being killed by Fulani herdsmen on a daily basis since the Benue killings started, and vowed that the people "must put an end to these killings".

"I am telling Nigerians that my people can not continue to be cannon fodder for this country".

He said the plan by the federal government to establish cattle colonies would address the herdsmen crisis.

The IGP who arrived at Benue State on Wednesday, following President Muhammadu Buhari's order to move to Benue State and restore law and order and prevent further loss of lives and properties, from escalating and spreading in the state, says three counter-terrorism units have been deployed alongside mobile policemen to Benue.

We voted for this government in 2015 with the hope that they would protect us but they gave us dead bodies as reward.

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"Members of the Civilian JTF received weapons from the state governor Governor Ortom and his aides replenish ammunitions for these firearms whenever they are depleted "Members of the Civilian JTF had no prior training in the use of firearms but have been promised training by the state government. We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that".

During the event of the mass burial, the governors of two neighbouring states - Darius Ishaku (Taraba) and Simon Lalong (Plateau) - held divergent views on the propriety of the Anti-Open Grazing Law enacted in Benue and Taraba States.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has described the Fulani herdsmen's attacks on farmers as a national challenge that requires the cooperation of all Nigerians to surmount. "I will continue to insist on the arrest of the factional leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Houre".

It was gathered that government offices, commercial banks, markets and schools were closed in Makurdi, the state capital, in observance of the workfree day earlier declared by the state government in honour of the victims.

Tiv nation paramount ruler, Prof. Farming is one of the main stay of Benue state indigenes which has before now reduced the unemployment ratio for the state and meaningfully engaged the people to be productive which in turn has been able to boost the economy of the sate and the Nation at large.

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