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Hersdmen's threat won't make me repeal anti-grazing law- Gov Ortom

Hersdmen's threat won't make me repeal anti-grazing law- Gov Ortom

Shima appealed to the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges in the country more vigorously.

"I want to sound a warning, let me warn, I am the spiritual leader of the Tiv people".

"Now that is the Paul Unongo that I once knew!".

Further demanding for the arrest of the leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Houre, Unongo added, "If the Federal Government can not stop or arrest those behind the killings; in two weeks, we shall raise an army of our own".

The former minister said the way and manner the unarmed and defenseless people of the state were murdered clearly indicated a calculated plot to inflict what he termed maximum pain and trauma on the collective psyche of the people. "We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that". But we refuse to die.

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The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom had earlier declared Thursday a public holiday in the state in honour of the dead and other victims of the armed Fulani herdsmen's fresh attacks on farming communities in logo and Guma local government areas of the state.

All the speakers insisted that they would stand by the anti-open grazing law of the state for which a section of the herders group are now demanding its withdrawal at their separate media outings just as they variously demanded a special military operation to be stationed in the state.

He urged the federal government to arrest the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore because they had made incisive statements against the state.

The state Assembly Majority leader, Benjamin Adenyi, who spoke on behalf of the state lawmakers wondered how a Buhari, who came to Benue State during electioneering, after being elected, chose to look the other way while Benue people were being killed. "We should pray that this killing should be the last in Benue State".

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris has apologized to Benue state indigenes over his comment on the New Year killings by herdsmen, describing the attacks which claimed over seventy lives as a communal clash.