Connect with us

Politics

Ortom adamant: Cattle colonies, grazing reserves unacceptable  

Published

on

 

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has again rejected the suggestion that the state create  Cattle Colony or Grazing Routes for herdsmen.

 

He said the suggestions were not acceptable to the Benue people.

 

Ortom stated this on Thursday in Makurdi in a service to mark the mass burial of the victims of the herdsmen invasion.

 

He had stated this position on Wednesday at a stakeholders meeting attended by the Inspector General of Police. Idris Ibrahim.

 

On Thursday, he  said since the state does not even have adequate land for farmers, it does not have the space to  give  herdsmen for grazing.

 

He insisted on ranching, saying “it is the best way to go and it is in conformity with global best practices”.

 

Ortom said that if the recent killings by herdsmen were meant to intimidate the state government to repeal the law, the herdsmen had failed woefully.

 

He also blamed the killings of Benue indigenes on the silence of the Federal Government and others responsible for the security of lives and property, an accusation he also made on Wednesday.

Ortom lamented that if the Federal Government had acted on the reports he gave it concerning the threats of attacks by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the killings would have been averted.

 

He urged the Federal Government to arrest the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore because they had severally made incisive statements against the state.

 

He, therefore, stated that the recent killings were a pointer to the fact that they had threatened and executed their devilish threats.

 

He consoled the families of the slain victims and those that were injured as well as those that lost their property.

 

Also, the CAN Chairman, Rev. Akpen Leva, urged Benue citizens to unite irrespective of tribe, political and religious differences in order to tackle their enemies.

 

Leva described the attacks as a “genocide” that was targeted at exterminating the Tiv’s.

 

Former Military Governor, Katsina State, Gen. Lawrence Onoja (rtd) also described the attacks ” a conspiracy against the indigenes” and said it would be resisted.

 

Also in a funeral eulogy, Sen. Joseph Waku, said the state has  had enough of the senseless killings saying ”enough is enough”.

 

One of the survivors, Mr Akaater Azera, said that the herdsmen came in the night while they were asleep and started shooting sporadically.

 

According to him, when his wife came out, the gun toting men shot and killed her on the spot.

 

Azera added that when he ran out of the house, he was pursued, with machete cuts inflicted on his face  and leg.

 

 

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

Latest News

Politics10 mins ago

BREAKING ….INEC takes full responsibility of election postponement–Mahmood Yakubu

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) on Saturday expressed that the agency took full responsibility of the...

news42 mins ago

Kwara Assembly Speaker reacts to elections postponement

The Director-General, Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign in Kwara State, Dr. Ali Ahmad, has condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) decision...

Politics1 hour ago

BREAKING…. Kwara INEC returns election materials to CBN

In Kwara State, both sensitive and non-sensitive materials meant for the conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections scheduled...

news2 hours ago

Buhari departs for Abuja from Daura

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed his country home in Daura, Katsina State, for Abuja. The President left for Abuja sometime...

news3 hours ago

I’m going to Abuja now for……., Atiku reacts to election postponement

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed shock that the presidential election was postponed by...

news5 hours ago

Buhari reacts to INEC’s election postponement

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep disappointment over the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly polls by the Independent...

news5 hours ago

I’m dissapointed in INEC— Balarabe Musa

Former Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has expressed disappointment over the postponement of the general elections, but declared that...

news6 hours ago

ELECTIONS POSTPONEMENT…… Situation report from Ilorin

There is absolute calmness in Ilorin the Kwara State capital as residents woke to the news of the postponement of...

Politics10 hours ago

PDP condemns 2019 postponement, urges INEC boss to resign

  The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has said that the ‘shoddy’ arrangements for...

Politics10 hours ago

ELECTION POSTPONEMENT…..APC presidential campaign committee reacts

PRESS STATEMENT BY APC PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COUNCIL ON POSTPONEMENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL/NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND GUBERNATORIAL/HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: WE CONDEMN...

Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2018 Royal News.

%d bloggers like this: