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Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has again raised the alarm over the influx of Fulani herdsmen and their cattle into the state, stressing that at least,15 persons have been killed across four local government areas in the last one week.
The Benue State government has released to its owner 105 cows earlier impounded by the Livestock Guards Task Force for open grazing near Akawe Torkula College of Advanced and Professional Studies in Makurdi.
Fulani socio-cultural association, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (MAKH), has asked the Federal Government and traditional rulers to prevail on the Benue State Government to halt, forthwith, the harassment, intimidation and forceful dispossession of source of livelihood of its members.
A High Court sitting in Makurdi, Benue State capital, Thursday halted the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Benue State Commissioner of Police from prohibiting or shutting down offices of the Benue State Livestock Guards in any part of the State.
A Makurdi High Court presided over by Justice Austine Ityonyiman has issued an interim order restraining the Inspector General of Police, and the Benue State Commissioner of Police from dismantling, Prohibiting or closing down the offices of the Benue State Livestock Guards in any part of the State.
Leaders and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, at the weekend accused Governor Samuel Ortom of stockpiling arms and training a militia group preparatory to the 2019 general elections in the state.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said on Monday that only five of the 23 Local Government Areas of the state were free from attacks by herdsmen.
Governor Samuel Ortom will allow the law take its course after the Nigerian Army arrested one of his aides for allegedly masterminding recent killings in Benue State, his top adviser has said.
Commander of Benue State Livestock Guard, Alhaji Aliyu Tershaku, has blamed the ongoing Nigeria Army Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (‘Cat Race’) in the State for the current influx of the Fulani Herdsmen into the state.
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has alerted the nation to fresh threats from cattle herders despite condemnations over their previous action.
Governor Samuel Ortom has come out to deny the report that his administration owns and trains armed militia against invaders.
Mr Akpenheen Amile, a Livestock Guard, who is being treated of gunshots sustained in the Jan. 2 attack on villages in Guma, Benue State, says he is yet to establish contact with his four wives and 18 children.
Troops of 93 battalion of the Nigerian army stationed in Takum, Taraba, have arrested nine alleged members of an armed militia known as civilian JTF.
At least 20 persons, including women and children, were killed in New Year’s Day attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in five communities of Guma and Logo local government areas of Benue State.
Residents of Makurdi on Wednesday trooped out on the streets to protest against Tuesday’s attack on some farmers, calling on the presidency to bring the culprits to book.
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the reported killings, injury of several persons and wanton destruction of property in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state in the New Year.
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