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Published On: Tue, Jan 23rd, 2018

Herdsmen, farmers’ clashes: Ortom wants speedy trial for culprits

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From Uche Nnorom Makurdi

Governor Samuel Ortom has challenged security agencies particularly the Directorate of State Security, DSS not to waste time in prosecuting those said to have been arrested as Islamic fighters to serve as deterrent to others.
Governor Ortom who made this call at a stakeholders meeting held in Government House, Makurdi, noted that the security in the nation is still grossly inadequate to secure our borders.
He intimated that another five (5) herdsmen in addition to 18 earlier in prison custody were arrested at the weekend by the Police in Guma local government area.
The Governor described as ‘shameless’, those alleging that the state government is sponsoring over 6,000 militia, maintaining that it is mere diversionary tactics from the main issue confronting the state and nation at this time.
“We are now faced with issue of 80,000 Internally Displaced Persons; IDPs camped in Daudu, Gbajimba, Utsav, Anyiin and Ugba. Let us continue to be firm. Let us continue to be law abiding. What is happening now is deliberate. They want to us to be angry and do their desire but we are not going to do their bidding. We will do the right thing. We are on the winning side. Nothing is to much for me to give as a sacrifice to the Benue people. I know that the day of reckoning will come when they truth shall be told in righteousness “ Ortom said.
Former minister of State Education Prof. Jerry Agada raised the alarm of a large influx of suspected Fulani herdsmen into Agatu, disclosing that the Ardo of Doma has told the people that they would come into the area and visit mayhem on them.
One time ambassador of Nigeria to Canada and also, Mexico Ambassador Iyorwuese Higher said the Benue Valley is at war and the federal government that is supposed to protect the people has failed to do so, adding that what is happening now calls for urgent restructuring of Nigeria to pave way for State police.
Leader of Igede socio-cultural group, Onmiyi Igede Ode Enyi said, “We are not mincing words in giving the Governor and the traditional institution two (2) weeks ultimatum to withdraw from Northern Governors’ Forum as well as the Northern Traditional Rulers Council. We are for restructuring and can even secede as a country if these killings continue.
Former National Assembly member Senator Joseph Waku told the Governor to die for the people and be a hero, averring that he will conquer.

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