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Benue: Declare Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists, Ortom Tells Buhari

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare Fulani herdsmen as terrorists.

Armed Fulani herdsmen in the last couple of months have repeated attacked different Benu communities killing innocent people.

Naija News reports that suspected herdsman last night attacked Tse-Chembe community near Anyiin in Logo Local Government Area killing some people and leaving many other injured.

Reacting in a statement on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Samuel Ortom described Fulani herdsmen killing as unacceptable.

The statement reads in part: “Governor Ortom states that declaring the armed herders operating in Benue State as terrorists will end the wave of impunity and guarantee the rule of law.

“He calls on people of the state, particularly those living in the affected areas to report any suspicious persons to security agencies.

“The Governor also lauded the dexterity of officers and men of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) for their prompt responses to distress calls, particularly that of yesterday when the people of Tse-Chembe came under herdsmen’s attacks.

“He reassures Benue people that his administration will not surrender the state to criminal elements, be they herdsmen or any other group.

“Governor Ortom says no amount of threats and attacks will stop the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the State.”

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.