From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has decried the alarming rate of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, saying that he cannot continue to keep them in camps.
The Governor made the lamentation yesterday in Naka, Gwer West Local Government Area during his visit to the area to condole with the people over last week’s attack by suspected herdsmen that left over 24 persons killed and properties destroyed.
He said there are 180,000 IDPs in various camps scattered across the state, intimating that more than sixty percent of them are children whose future are been truncated.
Governor Ortom said the killings are enough and called on security agencies to live up to their responsibility despite their shortcomings in areas of manpower and equipment to halt the senseless and gruesome murder of his people.
He also, warned those who are in the habit of giving information to herdsmen to desist from such act, saying that government is Strengthening vigilante and livestock guards to complement the efforts of security agencies.
Ortom restated that the anti-open grazing law is not antagonistic to any ethnic group, averring that the rule of law is meant to guide us in every aspect of life especially in peaceful co-existence “When people violate the law, there is impunity which leads to anarchy and no one will be safe. Imagine a society that kill security agencies whose duty is defend them. Only yesterday a soldier was killed in Guma. This must stop”, Ortom vowed.
He therefore, urged well-meaning Citizens to rise up and complement the efforts of security agencies in provision of logistics while urging the youths to stay and protect their land from been occupied by the marauders.
Our reporter observed that the area has been deserted with hundreds herds of cows roaming in farmlands.
Recall that there has over 24 attacks in Gwer West with more than 412 people killed.