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APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Islie: 7:22am On Jan 10
Ortom: Nasarawa harbouring killers

Al-Makura: Your law cause of massacre


By Anule Emmanuel Abuja,


Two governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday clashed over New Year attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State. Over 50 people were killed in twin attacks on January 1st in Guma and Logo local government areas, homes of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and his predecessor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam.

Herdsmen, under the aegis of ‘Myetti Allah Kautal Hore’, before the attacks, had vowed to resist the anti- open grazing law enacted by the Benue State House of Assembly to check frequent clashes between herders and farmers.

While the Benue State governor is accusing the Nasarawa State government of harbouring the perpetrators of the attacks, Governor Tanko Almakura has blamed the killings on the implementation of the anti-open grazing law approved last year by Ortom. While speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Ortom disclosed that the killer herdsmen are being camped in Nasarawa State from where they launched attack against Benue people.

Ortom said the state had witnessed relative peace since the implementation of the anti-open grazing law until the killer herdsmen came from Nasarawa State to attack the people of Benue State. “There has been relative peace amongst farmers and herdsmen until this militia from Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, came and attacked us.

And they are known, we know where they are. As I talk to you, they are in Tongua in Awe Local Government in Nasarawa State. That is where these people are camped and are coming to attack people.

“Just on Monday in Logo local government, Mobile policemen that were deployed to protect the people and the land, these militias exchanged fire with them, slaughtered two mobile policemen,” Ortom said.

But Al-Makura faulted Ortom’s claim that the Nasarawa State government has carved out a site in Tonga in Awe Local Government Area from where Fulani marauders launch attacks on communities in neighbouring areas in Benue State.

Al-makura said: “I’m really taken back by this statement. It is most unfortunate. I will like to use this opportunity to say that there is nothing like that whatsoever. If anything, the Tonga that Ortom is talking about in Awe Local Government is now the safe haven for displaced persons. As I speak with you today, there are more than three IDP camps in Awe local government that quarters and caters for the number of people that have migrated from Benue to Nasarawa.

“To be specific, they are more than 7,000 people that are camped in Tonga. So, it is very ironical that a place that is supposed to be an area that has become a safe haven for IDPs can now be called a place where militias are camped.

“On Monday, we held over seven hours of rigorous interfacing with seven governors, service chiefs and some ministers and all our security operatives within the states around Benue, and my colleague could not tell me this; he could not approach me and give me an idea if there is anything that he saw or is worried about.

“Besides, from all the discussions we have had on Monday, there was no concrete security report stigmatizing any part of Nasarawa State as harbouring people that are coming to attack Benue. “I feel what should be of concern to us as leaders is the plight of the people and any of such statement that is inflammatory is likely going to cause more confusion to what is already there,” Almakura noted.

On his part, Ortom insisted that the best way out of the increasing killings was the establishment of ranches across the country. He said ranching of cattle by the herdsmen, like it is done in other African countries as against the option of creating ‘grazing colonies’, remains the solution to the crisis. The Benue State governor also rejected plans by the Federal Government to establish colonies across the country to end the rising incidences of killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

According to him, “I’m waiting to be briefed about what colonies means, I don’t understand it. But like I keep saying, for us, the way forward is ranching and up till this time I am talking to you, the way forward is ranching because it is global best practice.

And it is not just practice in other parts of the world, on African soil in Swaziland, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, almost all African countries that rear cattle, they ranch. So, why can’t we do the same thing here? “For the colony thing, I don’t know what colony is.”

The Benue State governor also pledged to give all necessary support to the latest security deployment to the state as directed by the President, even as he lamented that the herdsmen attacked a contingent of mobile policemen in the affected area, beheaded two of them and severely injured others.

“I had earlier briefed Mr. President when this incident took place on January 1st. After staying back on the ground to do the needful to ensure that we restore normalcy, I said it was important for me to come personally and brief him and that has been done.

“I had to brief him. He is also doing further investigation to know the next line of action. I believe the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore must be arrested and prosecuted because we cannot allow impunity to continue to thrive.

And of course, threat and no action has resulted in this killing and I think that Mr. President will also do the needful to ensure something is done,” he said. On allegations that he hired mercenaries from Republic of Ghana to fight herdsmen, he said: “I’m not aware of this and I don’t even know about that one, I’m hearing it for the first time. If someone has done that, it must be this Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, that have done it.”

On suggestion that fullblown military operational base be set up in Benue like other places, Ortom said: “Anything that can stop the killings of my people, I will go for it. I support it.” He also denied allegation that the killings were in retaliation for the theft of 1,000 cows by some people in the state.

However, Al-makura blamed the New Year killings in Benue on the implementation of the anti-open grazing law. Al-Makura said: “It is the implementation of the anti-grazing law in Benue that has caused the problem and now Nasarawa State is being infected by the problem notwithstanding that we are being our brothers’ keepers and good neighbours. “I had to cut short my leave and come to find ways of helping my colleague.

We have called all our security to meet to find ways and means of helping Benue and if all efforts we have done and with all the relief materials we have given and the protection to the IDPs that were created, that certain parts of Nasarawa State can now be stigmatized with this allegation is, to say the least, most uncalled for and most unfortunate.

“We will still continue to render whatever assistance that we can give to the IDPs from Benue because we have some Tiv people that live in Nasarawa in virtually all the three or four local governments that share boundary with Benue State.

We are duty bound as a responsible administration to cater for all. “And the Tonga he is talking about is a town within three states, that is Goa in Benue, Shanda, Ibi in Cross River. So anybody can fly through the River to go and attack in Benue.

“And don’t forget the obscurity of the wilderness which is very porous and anybody can move from any part to any place to attack any place. “So, as far as I am concerned, there is nobody keeping anybody anywhere in Nasarawa State.”



https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/01/apc-governors-clash-herdsmen-killings/


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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by HungerBAD: 7:24am On Jan 10
I stand with the people of Benue State.

I leave my Benue friends with some quotes.

Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property-Milton Friedman


But if the above fails.

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you or your family, send him to the cemetery- Malcolm X

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.- Malcolm X

If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything- Malcolm X

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by KingBelieve: 7:24am On Jan 10
If Gov. Samuel Ortom have been courageous enough to ask Gov. Fayose for advice on the way to handle this herdsmen issue we won't be here.
Sgning a bill into law is one thing but taking action to back it up is another.

God help the people of Benue State and the people of Omoku in Rivers State.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Evablizin(f): 7:25am On Jan 10
shocked


This is not the time for them to fight,they should put their heads together and stop the killing of farmers and the rest by fulani terrorists. What the people need is adequate security not two governors clashing.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Pavore9: 7:25am On Jan 10
These Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors feel that they have a right to stick to their old ways at the expense of other people's means of livelihood.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Troblem(m): 7:30am On Jan 10
smiley
Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by FreddyKruger: 7:42am On Jan 10
Ortom the coward. See how low you have sunk to the extent your fellow governor Al makura is harbouring the murderers that have terrorised and killed your people and you can't do nothing about it except twist and whine on media like a day old baby. I wonder if anyone in your family had been killed by these marauders if you'd keep running in circles.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by lordkush: 7:50am On Jan 10
no sense for this ortom head

institute a civilian vigilati.


patrol the length and breadth of benue. since you know the come from nassarawa what stops you from unleahing mayhem on nassarawa state? let the two states go to war.

you kill my people why should I spare yours?

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Preshy561(f): 7:57am On Jan 10
Ortom Is plainly acting like a coward..

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by yebokos(m): 8:00am On Jan 10
BOVAS gets petrol from NNPC and it sells at N143 per litre.

NNPC Mega stations get petrol from NNPC and selling at N145.
Why?

And Ibe Kachikwu said NNPC is losing N900m for selling petrol at N145...

So how much is Bovas losing for selling petrol at N143?

#copied

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by oduastates: 8:11am On Jan 10
A state can pass the anti grazing law as it deems fit

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by SalamRushdie: 8:14am On Jan 10
Its is no secret that herdsmen always converge in Nassarawa state before any attack on the Benue and Governor Almukara is very aware of this

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by desgiezd(m): 8:22am On Jan 10
Something tells me that these people we call herdsmen are a branch of Boko Haram

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by KwoiZabo(m): 8:28am On Jan 10
Why won't they clash when the Main Backer of herdsmen is a Governor. I just pity Amaechi that is following that midget up & down.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by baralatie(m): 8:28am On Jan 10
SalamRushdie:
Its is no secret that herdsmen always converge in Nassarawa state before any attack on the Benue and Governor Almukara is very aware of this
don't mind the gov of nasarawa,it is getting clear to everyone that nasarawa state is been used by the killer herdsmen to launch attacks into Benue

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by aolawale025: 8:32am On Jan 10
The herdsmen problem may be the archiles heel of this APC Government

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by magoo10(m): 9:04am On Jan 10
Fulani herdsmen are terrorists with a common motive of instilling fear in the hearts and lives of the people.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by casdoruche(m): 9:41am On Jan 10
Sia Baibai

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by NaoSlay: 9:41am On Jan 10
This foreign Fulani herdsmen menace is getting much.

Their wickedness to unarmed people will go unpunished.




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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by casdoruche(m): 9:50am On Jan 10
The real terrorist still have a voice

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by yomalex(m): 12:09pm On Jan 10
really?
Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Guyman02: 12:09pm On Jan 10
Gov Ortom is becoming more like Fayose and Wike, he has realized that trying to protect the image of APC while his people are being killed has failed.
Gov Almakura is partly Fulani and like Buhari you dont expect him to betray his own people (Fulani herdsmen) like Afonja did to Alaafin of Oyo Empire and sold the Yoruba town of Ilorin to the Fulani jihadist (Alimi) who later killed him (Afonja) to consolidate their rule over the city of Ilorin.

Fayose told the local vigilante to request for any equipment (you know what that means) they need to protect their people which sent the right message to the Fulani herdsmen terrorists.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Oxalic(m): 12:11pm On Jan 10
The unfortunate thing which many people don't know is that, anytime the people try to fortify and defend themselves, the military will swiftly descend on them and disarm them completely, thereby rendering them helpless. That is the sad truth. Not that the communities are not making efforts.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Jaytecq(m): 12:11pm On Jan 10
I pray this Herdsmen thing don't get out of hand.

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by fitzmayowa: 12:11pm On Jan 10
SalamRushdie:
Its is no secret that herdsmen always converge in Nassarawa state before any attack on the Benue and Governor Almukara is very aware of this


Nassarawa is their base and Almakura is shielding them, it's just so sad that we have politicians playing ping pong with human lives...


If the government fails to protect the people, then the people should simply protect themselves by whatever means necessary...

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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by Built2last: 12:11pm On Jan 10
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Re: APC Governors Clash Over Herdsmen Killings by BruncleZuma: 12:13pm On Jan 10
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