Thursday, December 9

Gov Ortom dares Fulanis over persistent attacks by ‘Foreign Herdsmen’

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has challenged Fulanis kinsmen in the country to voice out against the invasion of communities in Nigeria by their kinsmen from foreign countries.

He disclosed that Tiv people, Fulanis, and other Nigerians had lived together peacefully until foreign Fulanis were allowed to move into the country unchecked to cause the current violence being witnessed in the country.

The Daily Vendor Newspaper reports that the governor threw the challenge on Wednesday when he received a delegation of Nasarawa State Traditional Rulers led by the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo.  

The delegation was received by Ortom at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi. They were in the state to condole with Ortom and the Benue State Traditional Council over the hunting expedition embarked upon by the Ochi’Doma, Elias Ikoyi Obekpa.

While commenting on the controversial ranching law, Samuel disclosed that the law is a win-win for herders and farmers as it prohibits open grazing and cattle rustling, stressing that the law does not spare any offender from prosecution, including natives.

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Earlier in his remarks, the leader of the delegation and Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo noted that  the news of Och’Idoma was an unfortunate incident for Benue, adding that the Tiv and Fulanis were made by God and cannot separate.

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