Herdsmen killing: Ortom rejects cattle colonies, supports military option

Henrietta Brewer
January 10, 2018

State governor, Samuel Ortom, was reportedly stoned while trying to calm protesters at Wurukum in Makurdi after the angry protesters vowed to remain on the streets until decisive action is taken against the attackers.

According to him, the cattle colony project would start immediately following the offer of five hectares of land each by 16 states in the country, with President Muhammadu Buhari promising to help the ministry with money for the project.

Terve Akase, chief press secretary to the governor of Benue state, said the killings occurred between December 31, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

"We have additional personnel on ground now and we are adequately and fully giving them the full logistic support to ensure that people are protected".

"I don't understand it and until I know what it is, but for us the way forward is ranching because it is the global best practice".

The police confirmed the redeployment in a statement, saying its chief, Ibrahim Idris, and his team would move to the state to restore law and order, prevent further loss of lives and forestall the crisis from escalating.

He said: "I had to brief him".

"Benue State should not be part of this".

He said since June 2017, he had written to the security agencies about those who posed threats to the collective interest of the people, requesting that they be dealt with.

"They must be arrested and prosecuted because we can not allow impunity to continue to thrive". It is unfortunate, and I think things need to be done because impunity should not be allowed to thrive in Nigeria.

The governor again accused the leadership of Myetti Allah cattle breeders as being behind the mayhem and called for the arrest and prosecution of the group's leaders. I'm seeing Mr. President.

"A group declared as the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world as far back as 2015 can not be handled with levity by the Federal Government as being done presently and the earlier the President Buhari is made to realisee that his main duty is to protect the lives of all Nigerians, the better". I didn't say that and I have not said it.

He spoke Tuesday after a meeting with the president in Abuja.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday killed two mobile policemen in Awashua village, Logo local government area of Benue State.

"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".

"As you can see all the governors of the states where we have the most challenging security problem are here", Ortom said. It is hard to say (what makes the arrest difficult) since I am not a security agent and I am not a professional in that area, but I am told it is a process that will continue.

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. He is a wanted man in Benue State. I know that as a farmer I have one in my farm and there are several other people who are free to use it.

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