The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has slammed the claims by President Muhammadu Buhari that his administration had taken positive actions to check the nefarious activities of marauding herdsmen in the state.
In a letter to the Senate last week, Buhari had highlighted measures taken by his administration after the mass burial of the 73 victims of herdsmen attacks in January.
However, Ortom, speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agezua, said the Benue people had yet to see or feel the impact of the President’s action because the killings were still going on in isolated cases, Punch writes.
He bemoaned the situation where herdsmen had occupied several communities after sacking the residents, adding that Fulani herdsmen were still killing innocent people in the state despite the deployment of security men in some communities.
“Killings are still going on in Benue State. The Federal Government should step up its action towards solving the problem instead of claiming that it has taken enough measures against the herdsmen.”
Ortom further implored the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to resign his appointment if he cannot bring an end to the recurring herdsmen killings in Benue and other states.
The governor, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, on Saturday, said the IGP’s statement blaming anti-grazing law for the herdsmen attacks was an admission of complicity.
“If truly the IGP said what was widely reported by the media, our conclusion is that he is a clear case of a man who is either on a mission to mislead the nation or is complicit in the attacks on Benue communities and the killing of many people by terror herdsmen,” he said.
“With his latest demand that the ranching law of Benue be suspended, it is now clear where the loyalty and interest of the Inspector-General of Police lies — certainly not with innocent Nigerians. Little wonder herdsmen still proudly carry out sophisticated weapons and willfully terrorise innocent people in the state without being arrested.
“If the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Idris, is not competent to help bring an end to the invasion and killing of innocent people in Benue and other states by herdsmen, the noble thing to do is to resign instead of twisting facts to suit his objective.”