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Herdsmen sack Gov Ortom’s home, kill over 50, ruin farms

Herdsmen sack Gov Ortom’s home

The rampaging herdsmen reportedly killed over 50 villagers and destroyed over 200 hectares of his rice farm.

The latest destruction prompted the courtesy visit to the governor in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on Thursday by APC Governors, reported earlier by Elombah.com.

During the visit, the Progressive Governor’s Forum had endorsed cattle ranching against the proposed grazing reserve in view of the increasing attacks by herdsmen.

Governor Ortom pointed out that the incessant killings and destruction of lives and property in Benue state had created a 25 year retrogression of development in the state.

He told the All Progressives Congress, APC Governors’ Forum led by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state: 

“The mercenaries invaded my village, killed over 50 persons and destroying over 200 hectares of my rice farm. 

 “As I am sitting here, I have no ancestral home; they killed children, old men and women in my community.”

“The mercenaries come to Benue not just to graze but to steal, kill and destroy the livelihood of the agrarian people after which they take possession of the land knowing fully well that all we have here are our farms.

“The truth is that these attacks have brought a major setback to the people especially with our declining revenue from the federal allocation which was about N7 billion before I assumed office.

“This month it stood at N1.3 billion while our monthly wage bill stands at close to N4 billion.

The Governor advocated the ranching of cows in the country.

He lamented the seeming inaction of the federal government to the wanton destruction of lives and property perpetrated by the marauding herdsmen.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Governor Okorocha decried the bloodlust of these herdsmen and called for an immediate end to it.

“We are here to show solidarity and our dislike to what happened here.

“A criminal is a criminal whether they are Boko Haram, herdsmen or whichever group.

“Benue state is central and key in Nigerian politics and these killings have to stop in the interest of peaceful coexistence of our people,” Okorocha said.

READ ALSO: HERDSMEN: APC GOVS ENDORSE RANCHES, REJECT GRAZING RESERVE

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