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Ortom confirms 20 dead in Benue attack

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has confirmed at least 20 people dead after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state between Monday and Tuesday.

Ortom disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi after the State Security Meeting.

He said that out of the number of those killed, nine were livestock guards who were to enforce the state’s anti-open grazing law.

He said that the law was not targeted at any ethnic group and wondered why the herdsmen had taken it so personal to the point of unleashing terror on the people.

He said that no matter the intimidation and killings by the herdsmen, the law would not be reversed or repealed.

The governor assured that the law must be implemented to the latter and anybody or group of persons that flouts it would be made to face the full wrath of the law

Mr. Ortom called on the Federal Government to wade into the matter so as to avert further destruction of lives and property.

Gajir Tsoho of the Surgical Department, Benue State University Teaching Hospital, said over 30 injured victims of the herdsmen attack were brought to the hospital and were receiving treatment.

 

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.