Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of the state a two-day ultimatum to leave the community.
The order was given by the governor on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh during a visit to ascertain the casualties and damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen.
Ortom’s visit is coming on the back of the recent attacks on the community by the cattle rustlers during the weekend.
Speaking on the attacks, the Sole Administrator for the council area, Mrs Justina Sorkaa, said eight bodies have been recovered, while three persons are missing.
Sorkaa’s account was contradicted by the state police commissioner, Bashir Makama, who insisted that six persons died in the attack.
Ortom said that he had directed security agencies as a matter of urgency to lead herdsmen out of the area for peace to reign.
He said the herdsmen must leave since they were not welcomed by the unarmed inhabitants of the area.
It is understood that majority of the resident in the state were disarmed through the amnesty programme executed by the Ortom administration in 2015.
”Some of the displaced persons have moved in with their relations in Buruku town and those who do not have anywhere to go are with us in an improvised IDP camp here at St Peter’s Anglican Primary School, Imenger,”the Sole Administrator, Mrs Justina Sorkaa said.