Asides battling the headache of herdsmen killings in his state, Governor Samuel Ortom now has to deal with debunking rumors.

There had been an accusation that the Benue state government has hired mercenaries to fight the killer herdsmen on behalf of the state, but the governor says the allegation is untrue.

He also denied the gist of him alleging that he was being prevented from seeing Mr President.

Ortom revealed that besides talking with him on phone he had met him personally to discuss the situation in Benue.

He spoke with State House correspondents after he briefed the President on the security situation in the state on Tuesday.

“The truth is that I have access to Mr President anytime I want to speak with him on phone, and to see him personally.

“I requested that I wanted to speak with him on phone that day because I couldn’t come to Abuja and he gave me the opportunity; I did, and today I am here, and I have seen him."

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When asked if he would approve the deployment of soldiers to the troubled state, the governor replied in the affirmative.

“Anything that can stop the killing of my people, I will go for it, I will support it.

“Any policy or any directive, anything that will help stop the killing of these innocent people who are not armed will go because this cannot continue.

“You know that continuity of this will create greater challenges for us and I don’t want it to continue.

“We are struggling with economic issues; we are struggling with political issues we are struggling with several other issues in this country, security issues and all that.

“Benue state should not be part of this. There is no need for it

“The law of prohibition of open grazing and establishment of ranching was made out of the necessity to ensure that we have peace for herdsmen and farmers.

“And that is what we have done. The law seeks to protect all.”

The governor also debunked the allegation that farmers killed some 2,000 herdsmen and stole their cattle, saying that the person making the allegation had yet to substantiate it and other claims he had made.


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