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3 Apr 2016

BENUE KILLINGS: Relocate Heardsmen From Benue, Ortom Declares

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has advocated the relocation of Fulani herdsmen out of the farming communities of the state, saying there was no grazing land in the agrarian state.
This came just as a group, Tiv Youth Liberation Movement (TYOLIM) berated the federal government over the unabated killings and said it would take to self-defense should the government failed to end incessant killings immediately.
This was contained in a press statement signed by president of the group, Kumapinen Jacob and secretary, Desmond Ikume, yesterday. It stated that the heinous attacks have caused untold hardship to the agrarian people and there was urgent need to reform the destroyed communities.
However, Governor Ortom while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi posited that there would be no adequate food in the country should the wanton killings of farmers in the state by herdsmen were not stopped.
According to him, Benue was given slogan of the food basket of the nation because of its core agrarian activities and added that with the massive destruction of farmlands, assorted farm produce were adversely damaged.
Ortom further insisted that the gunmen unleashing terror on the agrarian communities were obviously mercenaries and not the conventional Fulani herdsmen that have lived with the Benue farmers for decades.
He therefore suggested the designation of ranches and said the security measure would foster peace and rapid development.
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