Benue Gov. Ortom Warns Against Cattle Rustling, Retaliation
Benue State governor Samuel Ortom is apparently fed up of killings under his watch.
He is calling on the good people of Benue to shun retaliation, for lasting peace to reign.
Speaking during an emergency stakeholders’ meeting in Makurdi on Monday, Ortom urged the people to report any violation to appropriate authorities for action.
The governor said anybody that rustles cattle and kills Fulani herdsmen would not be spared by the law, stressing that the Anti-Open Grazing Law protected both herdsmen and farmers.
He disclosed that the law was against cattle rustling and it also forbids cattle from grazing openly, especially on farms, stressing that there were stiff penalties attached to the offences.
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He said 80,000 people had been registered as Internally Displaced Persons at the five camps opened by the state government as a result of the Fulani herdsmen killings.
Ortom further sued for unity and peace among his subjects irrespective of their political and religious affiliations to enable them tackle the security challenges that had bedeviled the state.
Over 70 people were brutally killed by herdsmen in Benue on January 1, 2018 in an attack that has attracted global condemnation.
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