- The federal government has been accused of being involved in the attacks by herdsmen
- The allegation was made by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Friday, April 23
- Ortom questioned why the government is yet to proscribe herdsmen, bandits as terrorists
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused the federal government of being an accomplice to herdsmen attacks across the country.
Channels TV reports that Ortom alleged that the attitude of the Nigerian government towards the activities of armed herdsmen and bandits demonstrates complicity in the killings and kidnappings.
The governor also claimed that their actions and inactions have demonstrated that they accept what the suspects are doing.
Speaking further, he questioned why bandits have not been declared terrorists just like IPOB and Biafra which according to him are the same thing.
This is not the first time the governor has accused the government concerning the activities of herdsmen in Nigeria.
Back in February, Ortom alleged that the federal government was bias in handling cases of attacks allegedly carried out by armed herdsmen, ThisDay reports.
Ortom in reaction to the outcry against the atrocities committed by herdsmen ranging from kidnapping, destruction of farmland among others, said the government has failed to secure the country.
Earlier, Ortom in his opinion claimed that bandits operate in not less than 24 states across Nigeria.
The Benue governor made this known on Thursday, April 15, at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Correspondence Chapel, Abuja.
Ortom said that if ranching laws are not established by the federal government, the farmers-herders crisis will reach every doorstep in Nigeria.
In a related development, Senator George Akume, the minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs, said there are certain factors why the federal government is finding it hard to overcome banditry.
Akume who was once a governor of Benue, on Wednesday, April 21, during a book launch in Abuja first pointed out that victory over the menace demands the participation of all and sundry in the country.
The minister admitted that poor emergency preparedness and policy intervention, among other indices, are partly responsible for the problem.