Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has raised the alarm over alleged invasion of parts of the state by herdsmen with more than 10,000 cows to cause mayhem.
According to the governor, the sudden invasion was being backed by powerful forces in government looking to further destabilize the ravaged north-central state.
In an address to newsmen in the state capital, Makurdi, the governor said reports reaching him from the Guma Council boss, Anthony Shawon, indicated that the herdsmen had already taken over part of the area and were grazing freely.
“I have been told that after the Operation Whirl Stroke succeeded in chasing away the herdsmen, they have started moving into Guma again. I have already informed the Commander of OPWS and I hope security agencies will take up the matter,” Ortom said.
Ortom recently decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party, a situation that had caused ripples in the state.
He was earlier this week targeted for impeachment by some APC members of House, a move that was widely criticised across the country.