Ortom Calls For Arrest Of Miyetti Allah Leaders, Condoles With Lalong
From Msughshima Andrew, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom commiserates with Governor Simon Lalong and the entire people of Plateau State over renewed attacks in the state which have left many innocent people dead and property worth millions of naira destroyed.
Governor Ortom condemns the attacks and describes the killing of children, women and other vulnerable people in Barkin Ladi as barbaric, inhuman and unfortunate.
Ortom who was speaking in Makurdi today, at the inauguration of Chairmen and members of Board of Parastatals, wondered why anyone can value cows over human lives.
He urged security agencies to arrest for prosecution, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association who have claimed responsibility over the Plateau killings.
“How can you kill over 200 innocent people and say that it was because they rustled your cattle. How can you value cows more that human lives. This is not accepted and for we in Benue, we are not intimidated.
Governor Ortom who thanked the federal government for sending Operation Whirl Stroke to Benue and the security agencies for their efforts said Benueopen grazing prohibition law has come to stay and anyone who is in Benue to do livestock business must obey the law.
He also reiterated that Benue has no 5000 hectares of land to give out for ranching insisting that if any ranching will be established in the state, it must be done within the provisions of the Anti-Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue state.
Governor Ortom in a press statement, earlier signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase assured his Plateau counterpart that Benue will continue to stand with the people of Plateau state in prayers until the orgy of violence over the state and other parts of the Middle Belt is brought to an end.
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