- Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, is not happy with the renewed attacks that have created anxiety and has aired his thoughts
- Ortom on Wednesday, December 16, noted that the herdsmen are from neighbouring countries
- The governor who condemned the recent activity vowed not to fold his arms while killings continue
The governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom has condemned the killings and renewed attacks on innocent residents by suspected herdsmen in the state, Channels TV reports.
Ortom on Wednesday, December 16, stated this in reaction to an attack at Agboughul in Makurdi, the state capital that left three persons including a lawyer and his wife dead.
While maintaining that the herdsmen are from neighboring countries, the governor said the killings will not be allowed under his watch.
He further said security agents will be deployed to the affected communities, adding they will all work together to stop the herdsmen.
This development is coming as Governor Ortom directed the recruitment of more livestock guards and vigilante personnel to help provide intelligence for conventional security agencies.
Ortom gave the directive on Wednesday, December 16, at Agboughul community of Makurdi local government area.
The governor explained that the move had become necessary in the face of renewed attacks on innocent people of the state by rampaging herdsmen.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ortom on Saturday, December 12, confirmed a herdsmen attack on Tse-Angbande community in Makurdi local government area of the state left four persons dead.
The attack which took place on Friday night, December 11, left seven others badly injured.
The governor, confirming the incident when he visited the scene of the attack, said the herdsmen struck around 11 pm while people were asleep.
In a related development, angry youths, on Monday, December 7, destroyed the house of Benue state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Abba Yaro.
The irate youths carried out the action over the sudden death of one of Comrade Yaro's domestic workers.
They smashed windows, destroyed cars and air conditioners in the premises of the APC chairman in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
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