- Governor Samuel Ortom has sympathised with the family of the people who lost their lives in an attack that occurred in the Anune community of Benue state
- Ortom said his government would not leave any stone unturned to strengthen security in the state
- The governor also ordered a mass burial for those killed in the attack
Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue, has confirmed that seven persons were killed and five seriously injured when suspected herdsmen attacked the Anune community in the Makurdi local government area of the state.
The Nation reports that the governor made this known on Monday, April 19, while speaking to reporters shortly after visiting St.Theresa’s Hospital in Makurdi, where those injured in the attack were receiving treatment.
Legit.ng gathered that Governor Ortom reiterated his administration’s resolve to implement the anti-open grazing law in the state no matter the intimidation.
He noted that the law must be implemented because it is a creation of state lawmakers.
Ortom directed that those killed in the attack be given a mass burial on Tuesday, April 20, adding that his administration would foot the medical bills of the injured in the attack.
TVC News also reports that a member of the community said the assailants struck at about 1 am when people were in deep sleep.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the minister of police affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, directed the police force to neutralise perpetrators of violence in the southeast and elsewhere in Nigeria.
It was reported that Dingyadi on Monday, April 19, disclosed that he has directed an intelligence-led kinetic operation against the culprits attacking police formations.
He commended the Zone 13, zonal headquarters of the Anambra state police for repelling an attack on Monday night which led to the recovering of one general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) used by the hoodlums.
In a related report, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue on Thursday, April 15, claimed that bandits operate in not less than 24 states across Nigeria.
Ortom said that if ranching laws are not established by the federal government, the farmers-herders crisis would reach every doorstep in Nigeria.
He added that resultantly, food security will be negatively affected leading to serious famine throughout the nation.
The governor admitted that criminals were brought into the country by some evil-minded and over-ambitious politicians who desperately want to win elections.