Ortom expresses displeasure over continuous herdsmen attack

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has expressed concern over continued attacks by herdsmen in the state and urged security agencies to live up to their responsibilities.

Ortom made his feelings known on Monday when he visited Ugba in Logo Local Government Area of the state.

He expressed displeasure over what he described as “incessant, unwarranted attacks and killings allegedly being perpetrated by herdsmen and for which no arrest had been made.

“My people are killed, displaced, vulnerable and above all, rendered homeless in their father land.’’

He noted that the available land in the state was not even adequate for farming, let alone grazing of cattle and suggested the establishment of a ranch to end the incessant crisis.

The governor appealed to the Federal Government to collaborate with the state in addressing the lingering crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Benue.

In a remark, the Chairman, Logo Traditional Council, Chief Jimmy Menme, urged the state House of Assembly to pass the Anti-grazing Bill, to checkmate the activities of herdsmen.

Earlier, the Sole Administrator of the local government, Mr Usula Vir, said that there were ongoing efforts to ensure that the herdsmen and farmers co-exist harmoniously.

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