Gov Ortom Declares Akume an ‘Enemy of Benue People’

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has accused one of his predecessors, George Akume, of being one of the enemies of the people the state.

Ortom, speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, said the people of the state were shocked to hear Akume blaming the killings on the state government, Punch writes.

This came in the aftermath of Akume’s interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday after a meeting of stakeholders of the state with President Muhammadu Buhari.

In his reaction, Governor Ortom said, “He (Akume) is part of the enemies of Benue State. He has now shown that he is one of the willing tools in the hands of the enemies of Benue State. This government enacted a law to prohibit open grazing, thereby drawing the anger of those who want to oppose this.

“Those people came out and threatened that there would be no peace in the state until the law was repealed. They followed their threat with attacks and they came out to claim responsibilities. One of them called Garus Ololo justified the January killings that it was a reprisal attack for the stealing of 1,000 of their cows by cattle rustlers.

“So, if a serving senator who is from Benue could go out and claim that Benue people are killing themselves, that person does not only know about the killings but he is part of those killing the people.”

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Akume had blamed the establishment of the livestock guards by the Ortom administration as the reason for the incessant attacks on the farmers by the herdsmen.

But the army, in a statement Saturday, claimed they had defeated the armed Fulani herdsmen terrorising the state.

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