Benue Attacks: Governor Seeks Ethnic Harmony Against Arms-carrying Herdsmen
There is increasing loss of lives and property in Benue State and Governor Samuel Ortom is asking the diverse ethnic groups in the state to work together and put an end to attacks on communities by arms-carrying herdsmen.
Governor Ortom made the demand on Saturday in Makurdi while intimating the people on the incessant attacks on Benue people by herdsmen.
He decried the huge loss of lives and property.
Suspected herdsmen had attacked Tombu village in Logo Local Government Area and killed at least 11 persons.
The governor said he would henceforth give priority attention to safeguarding the lives and the property of his people.
He called on the people to put aside their political and ethnic differences and work toward addressing the security challenges before them.
One vow he made was to ensure that the incessant attacks by herdsmen became things of the past.
Ortom, who expressed regret that a significant number of lives had been destroyed by suspected Fulani marauders since 2012, put the estimated cost of the property lost since then at 95 billion Naira.
The Catholic Bishop of Gboko Diocese, His Lordship, William Avenya, who was with the governor, said the incessant attacks on Benue communities by herdsmen, was a sensitisation to the people of Benue to the need to unite and forge a common front.
The cleric further said that the attacks were providing an opportunity for the people to come together and reflect on their common challenges particularly, insecurity.
Also, the Catholic Bishop of Otukpo Diocese, His Lordship, Michael Apochi said that they would continue to pray for the state to enable it to surmount its security challenges.
The Convener, Northern Elders Forum, Mr Paul Unongo, said that herdsmen were committing murder with impunity.
Also Read: Fresh Benue Attack Leaves 11 Dead
He, however, said that the “dastardly act” needed to stop forthwith.
Unongo said that there was no land for grazing in Benue and that the anti-open grazing law would not be reversed or repealed no matter the circumstances.