Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Hersdmen's threat won't make me repeal anti-grazing law- Gov Ortom

Hersdmen's threat won't make me repeal anti-grazing law- Gov Ortom

Mind blowing statistics by the Benue State Emergency Management Agency shows that over 40,000 persons are internally displaced in Benue State with feeding posing as a major challenge.

"Benue people sacrificed blood for the unity of this country and will not allow a section of Fulani herdsmen to kill our people in cold blood. I consulted widely and it originated from the people themselves".

"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".

Idris who arrived Makurdi on Wednesday on the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari that he should immediately relocate to Benue state against the background of recent killings by alleged armed herders said his statement was misinterpreted.

All the speakers insisted that they would stand by the anti-open grazing law of the state for which a section of the herders group are now demanding its withdrawal at their separate media outings just as they variously demanded a special military operation to be stationed in the state.

"We want an enlightened approach to this matter".

According to him, the United Nations had received a report that over 20,000 refugees were already in camps and assured that the body would look into their plight.

Mourners have gathered in Nigeria for a mass funeral for more than 70 people killed in a series of attacks blamed on Fulani herdsmen who oppose a new anti-grazing law. "This is the 47th time that Fulani people would attack the Benue people", he said.

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