Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has commiserated with Governor Simon Lalong and the people of Plateau State over fresh attacks that have killed over 100 people and property worth millions of naira destroyed.
Governor Ortom condemned the attacks and described the killing of children, women and other vulnerable people in Barkin Ladi as “barbaric, inhuman and unfortunate”.
The Governor who was speaking at the inauguration of Chairmen and members of Boards and Parastatals, wondered why anyone would value cows over human lives.
“How can you kill over 200 innocent people and say that it was because they rustled your cattle. How can you value cows more that human lives. This is not accepted,” he said.
He urged security agencies to arrest and prosecute the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who have claimed responsibility over the Plateau killings.
Governor Ortom thanked the Nigerian government for launching Operation Whirl Stroke to stop the Benue killings and commended the security agencies for their efforts ,insisting that the Benue open grazing prohibition law had come to stay.
“Anyone who is in Benue to do livestock business must obey this law,” the Governor said.
Governor Ortom explained that Benue State has no 5000 hectares of land to allocate to the federal government to be given to herdsmen for ranching.
“If any ranching will be established in the state, it must be done within the provisions of the Anti-Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law of Benue.”.
Ortom assured Mr. Simon Lalong that Benue would continue to stand with the people of Plateau State in prayers until the orgy of violence is brought to an end.