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28 May 2016

BENUE KILLINGS: APC Governors visit Ortom

By Rose Ejembi
Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has described the Fulani invasion of Benue State as an ill wind that blows no one any good.
Okorocha said this when he led other All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to pay a condolence visit on the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on the Fulani herdsmen invasion on the state.
The Imo State governor, who is chairman of the 22 APC governors, condemned the invasion and those behind it and maintained that the level of destruction and devastation by the herdsmen in Benue was capable of distorting the unity of the country.
“This provocation is enough to distort the unity of this country. We can manage crisis in other parts of this country but, crisis in Benue is capable of distorting the political equation of this country,” he said.
Earlier, Ortom, said the invasion of his state by criminally-minded herdsmen was beyond just an agitation for a grazing space as not less than 12 local government areas have been attacked and many communities reduced to rubbles.
Ortom, who listed the local government areas so far invaded by the Fulani herdsmen to include Agatu, Guma, Makurdi, Logo, Katisna-Ala, Kwande, Gwer West, Gwer East, Buruku, Tarka, Obi and Oju said the herdsmen had come not just to graze, but to steal, to kill and to destroy.
While emphasising that Benue does not have any land to give as grazing reserve, the governor noted that as an agrarian state whose only business is farming, activities of the Fulani invaders was capable of disrupting the agricultural stance of the state especially during this cropping season.
He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for immediately approving the deployment of military troop and the police to Agatu. He also thanked his colleagues “for taking time to come and see things for themselves.”
Highlight of the event was the presentation of a documentary on the Benue invasion of Fulani mercenaries as well as decoration of all four governors of Imo, Niger, Plateau and Kano in Benue attire.
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