– Governor Samuel Ortom has given reasons why Nigerians must support herdsmen to ranch their cattle
– Ortom said that the people of Benue needs to end crisis with herdsmen and let the government fight for them
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has urged the people of Benue and Nigerians as a whole to support herdsmen ranching to stop herdsmen invasion.
NAIJ.com gathered that the governor, who recently returned from China, while addressing pressmen at the government house said the state cannot afford to be spending a lot on security when the country is in recession.
Ortom advised the people of Benue, that money meant to be spent on security in the troubled state could be diverted to solve other problems if the state can end crisis with herdsmen.
Ortom said finding a way for herdsmen to ranch their cattle will solve the crisis that of herdsmen invasion the state is currently neck deep in, Daily post reports.
He said: “The solution to Fulani invasion is ranching. There is nowhere in the world where we have cattle moving about except in Nigeria. Why must we live with animals? How can we continue to spend on security in the midst of recession?
“We must ranch our cattle. Nigeria must come together to support herdsmen ranch their cattle.”
While reacting to the a violent clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Ikpayongo area of the state in which six persons were reportedly killed and many others injured, he urged the youths to be law abiding and stop taking laws into their hands.
Ortom said the government will fight for the oppressed only if the oppresssed stop taking laws into their own hands.
He added: “Report where there are issues. Two wrongs can never make a right. People will begin to be afraid of Benue if we continue this way. No matter the provocation, we must be law abiding so that government can fight for us.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force has declared a N10million reward for the arrest of Terwase Akwaza over the killings in Zaki Biam.
The police says Akwaza was responsible for the deaths of 67 people in the recent massacre, and the death of Mr. Deneen Igbana, the Special Adviser on Security to the Executive Governor of Benue State.
In a statement by police spokesman CSP Jimoh O. Moshood and posted by PR Nigeria late on Friday, April 21, the force said Akwaza aka Ghana, an indigene of Katsina-Ala is wanted for many crimes.
The NAIJ.com video below is a documentary on the survivor of herdsmen attack in Southern Kaduna.