Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Ortom declares three-day mourning for victims of herdsmen

Ortom declares three-day mourning for victims of herdsmen

The Fulani herdsmen have been carrying AK 47 around which they have used to kill and destroy properties.

Recall that President Buhari on Monday ordered Ibrahim Idris, the inspector-general of police, to relocate to Benue state following the attacks.

"The Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble maker (s), any group (s) or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis".

Killings by herdsmen have been on the rise since New Year in Nigeria's Benue state, where relations between herdsmen and farmers remained tense, while other states including Kaduna, Kwara and Rivers have also recorded such killings.

Media reports had earlier reported Ortom as saying that the Federal Government and security agencies had abandoned Benue in the recent killing spree by herdsmen in the state.

"The full weight of the law will be applied to anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the state", Moshood said. General Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Monday, a strategy to check the blood spilling between herdsmen and farmers was worked out.

"There is no point politicising these killings; it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to eliminate the criminality that is resulting in the killings", Ortom said.

Governor Ishaku while reacting to the proposed colony proposed by minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe said the states that have already enacted the anti open grazing bill are open to any solution to the crisis but added that Act which is already in operation in Taraba has been lauded by stakeholders.

"They must be arrested and prosecuted because we can not allow impunity to continue to thrive".

Ayo Adebanjo, chieftain of the Yoruba socio-political organization Afenifere, also slammed Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for his "inaction" on the issue. "Two of our men were killed and their rifles were taken away", he said.

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