Crime & SecurityMigrationFulani Herdsmen Displaces Over 1.5 Million Benue Citizens-Ortom

MAKURDI — Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Wednesday said Fulani herdsmen had displaced over 1.5 million Benue citizens from their ancestral land this follows various attacks by herdsmen across many communities in the state.

Speaking during a press conference in Makurdi, the governor alleged that Miyetti Allah had vowed not to stop attacks on Benue people until he reverses the anti-open grazing law it enacted in 2017.

“Miyetti Allah has come out to say that if we don’t repeal our law, we will not know peace. Where are the security men? Where is the Federal Government? Why are they not arresting this killer group?

“It is unfortunate, our people are dying, we have over 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Benue State and Miyetti Allah are coming out to claim responsibility for the killings and the pains that our people are going through. Then you will be telling me to keep quiet and not talk about it?

“This evil agenda that the Miyetti Allah has in collaboration with the Federal Government is not accepted. I commend the security agencies in Benue State, you have been doing your best in the state.”

“I watched with dismay yesterday the utterance of Myetti Allah, an association confronting the government. It is not just the state government that they are after, they are also confronting the Federal Government.”

“But unfortunately, the presidency will not come out to condemn or say anything concerning what the Miyetti Allah has said because it is part of them,” Ortom said.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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