Acting on the request of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, the Nigerian military is to deploy more troops to enforce peace in Agatu communities recently affected by clashes between herdsmen and farmers which led to the loss of many lives and destruction of property.
Governor Ortom expresses optimism that his request to President Muhammadu Buhari and the President's prompt response will prevent further bloodshed and usher in the desired peace to Agatu.
He says the visit of the Inspector-General of Police to Benue is part of the roadmap to peace in Agatu as mobile policemen have already been deployed to the crisis communities.
In a Statment signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Mr Terver Akase,  Governor Ortom appeals to the people of the affected areas to remain calm and corporate with the army as the troops commence patrols within and around their communities.
The Governor has also directed the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to intensify intervention through the provision of relief materials to the displaced persons' camps. According to the Governor, the State Government has released funds in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to support victims of the crisis.
Governor Ortom sympathises with every family affected by the crisis and assures them that the Benue State Government will continue to stand by them in their time of grief. He calls on relevant agencies, individuals and groups to complement the State Government's efforts in bringing relief to victims of the crisis.
The Governor reemphasizes the commitment of the Benue State Government to finding a lasting solution to clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

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