Ortom plans offensive against herdsmen, bandits

Ortom plans offensive against herdsmen, bandits

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has vowed to take action against the unabated attacks by herdsmen in his state.

Ortom made this call during a press conference at the state’s Government House on Saturday, June 12.

He stressed that his administration would take steps to protect the people of the state from marauding killer herdsmen.

Ortom also insisted that his administration would not repeal the anti-open grazing law in the state despite the attacks by herdsmen.

He said the attacks would rather push his administration to strengthen the law against open grazing.

Ortom said: “A few weeks ago, Benue stakeholders met and gave this administration the mandate to activate and implement the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000.

“We have already commenced the process of recruiting responsible people of 50 years and below into the Volunteer Guards.

“Their duty is to support the conventional security agencies in defending their communities. We have cried enough. We will cry no more. Now is time for action.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Saturday, June 12, said that governors in the country have agreed to work hard to fight insecurity and ensure peace and stability in Nigeria.

Ganduje made the disclosure while receiving some PDP ‘Kwankwasiyya’ members who defected to APC, in Kano.

“All governors have resolved to work hard to ensure that the insecurity prevalence is eradicated for complete peace and stability in Nigeria.

“We are happy that the new service chiefs are fully committed to peace and stability in Nigeria.

“I will also like to seize this opportunity to appreciate and congratulate Ohaneze Ndigbo for being committed to one Nigeria.

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“The Arewa Consultative Forum also believes in one Nigeria, we will continue to work with one Nigeria. I congratulate you on that.

“The Afenifere, we appreciate and congratulate you for making a public announcement that you believe in one Nigeria.

“The National Coalition of the Middle Belt People; we salute you for making a pledge that you believe in one Nigeria.

“I will like to take your aspirations to the next level. I urge you to come together and hold an important meeting to consider the issues of diversity; consider our differences, our similarities.

“Consider working on our diversity and challenges; and also turn it into opportunities for the development of Nigeria.

“Our diversity is a thing from God, it is the source of our strength; therefore we should convert it to unity; opportunity; and also take Nigeria to the next level.

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