Gov. Ortom Vows To End Fulani/Tiv Crisis In Benue

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The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has vowed to end the incessant crisis between the Peasant Farmers and Fulani Herdsmen.

This was disclosed on Friday in Markudi during a courtesy visit to him by the leadership of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria.

The Governor, who described the farmers and herdsmen, as sincere people, who had coexisted with each other, maintained that he would not acquire and supply arms to Benue people to retaliate the loss suffered by farmers in the crises, even though he was personally affected by the clash, but would rather seek lasting solution by promoting dialogue between the parties.

He, however, divulged that he had identified the criminals within the two groups, who are promoters of the conflict and had met with the Inspector General of Police for assistance to bring them to book.

The Governor further stated that he had put in place a group to dialogue with those who possess illegal arms in the state and given them three months to surrender their weapons or face the wrath of the law enforcement agencies.

It would be recalled, the representative of Miyyetti Allah, Alhaji Bala Usman called on the Governor to reconstitute a powerful committee to fashion out innovations and strategies to curb the menace, which he said had been compounded by activities of criminals.



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