Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says herdsmen have killed over 20 persons and injured many between Monday and Tuesday in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state, forcing many residents to flee the community.
Ortom disclosed this while briefing journalists yesterday in Makurdi after the State Security Meeting.
He said that out of the number, nine were Livestock Guards who were to ensure the full implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law.
He said that the law was not targeted at any ethnic group and wondered why the herdsmen had taken it so personal to the point of unleashing terror on the people.
The governor also lamented the unwarranted wanton destruction of lives and property by the herdsmen.
He said that no matter the intimidation and killings by the herdsmen, the law would not be reversed or repealed.
He assured that the law must be implemented to the latter and anybody or group of persons that flouted it would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Ortom called on the Federal Government to wade into the matter so as to avert further destruction of lives and property.
Dr Gajir Tsoho of the Surgical Department, Benue State University Teaching Hospital, said over 30 injured victims of the herdsmen attack were brought to the hospital and were receiving treatment.
Below, is what Benue blogger,James Igbudu posted on Facebook
Fulani herdsmen attacked my village(Tse Igbudu Taraka to Bakin kota), they butchered people and displaced many.
As of now no security personals to help the situation.
I manage to escape and reach where there is network that is why am posting this.”
And this is as it was shared on Twitter :
Renewed Attacks in Benue State by Herdsmen.#StopBenueKilling.
Our land is not for grazing . pic.twitter.com/3EvCe9iu8Z
— James Igbudu (@gbudujames) January 2, 2018