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Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Benue killings: Cattle breeders lambast Ortom, seek FG’s protection

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By Stanley Onyekwere Abuja

As controversies continue trailing recent killings in Benue state, National Coordinator of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo has lampooned Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom over his glaring ‘inability’ to protect the Fulani Pastoralists and other residents of the state.
He described as unfortunate and unacceptable activities of Ortom-led government livestock guard against Fulani Pastoralists in the state, hence the need for the federal government to intensify security measures.
Gololo who made this known in a statement issued in Abuja, at the weekend decried that the governor through his policies have made pastoralists very vulnerable in the state.
Gololo maintained that he received reports that:”In Guma local government area of the state, on 31 December, 2017, the government ordered the livestock guards to fire on one Fulani man and his 1,000 cows confiscated, while 10 herdsmen were declared missing.
“Also, on 4th January, 2018, the so called government militia collected 300 cows from another Fulani man and 10 of his children are also missing.
“Why Benue state government recruited ‘Sojan kpatari’, as they were called and gave them Ak 47 to deal with Fulani Pastoralist in the state, is it because we don’t have money to hire like them?”
The Coordinator however noted that MACBAN never not plan to attack anybody in Benue or Nigeria at large, “instead people attacked the Fulanis and cart away their cows; and they cannot say anything because they are laymen and didn’t know any journalist to report their case to.
“The allegations making round that we hired people to attack Benue are a big lie.”
He therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint one of them as Senior Special assistant on Fulani matters, to enable him see clearly what is happening within Fulani and other farmers in the country.

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