Sharia law was never resisted – Ortom speaks on herdsmen killings, Benue grazing law


Benue governor Samuel Ortom has again lamented ongoing killings in the state.

He recalled that when Zamfara enacted Sharia Law no one resisted it and wondered why people were opposed to the Anti-Open Grazing Law 2017 of Benue.

Ortom spoke on Tuesday at Omosu, Edumoga Community in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue, where herdsmen killed more than 30 persons on Monday evening.

The governor described the attacks as unfortunate, unwarranted and uncalled for.

Ortom expressed regret that in spite of efforts by the Federal Government to restore peace to the state, some Fulani mercenaries were thwarting the efforts.

He recalled that in the past Fulani herdsmen interacted with the farmers without skirmishes until the coming of Fulani mercenaries from foreign countries.

The governor said that the mercenaries usually killed, maimed and raped people’s wives and daughters, as well attacked security agents.

“More efforts are urgently needed to tackle the incessant attacks on Benue people by Fulani herdsmen”, he said.

He said that justice should be given to Benue people by ensuring that the perpetrators of the killings in the state were arrested and prosecuted.

Ortom, however, advised Benue people not to take law into their hands but to report any breach of peace or threat to life to the security agencies for appropriate action.


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