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14 Jul 2016

BENUE KILLINGS: Stop exaggerating Benue crisis, Governor Ortom tells media

Benue state governor, Chief Samuel Ortom has advised the media to quit exaggerating the Fulani herdsmen and farmers clashes in his state.

The governor made the comment after a brief meeting with Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), Nigeria’s minister of interior, on the re-occurring crisis in the state.
Speaking to journalists present at the meeting, Ortom advised the media to refrain from exaggerating the security situation in his state, particularly the conflict involving herders and farmers and that the security agencies are on top of the situation.
He also noted that there are criminal elements within both groups, and his government will do everything possible to deal with the situation.
Furthermore, he reiterated the need for Benue state and the federal government to work closely in dealing with such security issues to stop them from re-occurring.
The media was recently awash with stories about Fulani herdsmen attacks in Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state with reports saying 81 people were killed.
But the spokesman of the Benue state police command, ASP Moses Yamu, dismissed allegations of neglect of duty by security personnel.
He insisted that only 22 deaths were recorded in the crisis, a comment that attracted rebuttals from large sections of the public.
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