Ortom reacts after gunmen attack, blames herdsmen

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The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has confirmed that militia herdsmen opened fire on him as he was inspecting his farm near Tyo-mu, along Makurdi-Gboko Highway.

He disclosed that only the timely intervention of his security detail saved him from being killed.

Ortom spoke Saturday during a press briefing at the Benue Government House in Makurdi.

The governor said that the attack was not unconnected with the anti-open grazing law in force in the state.

He expressed concern that the attack came a few days after the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore held a meeting in Yola, Adamawa State in which his name came up prominently.

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Recall that the Benue State Government in February said it impounded 210 cows from Fulani herdsmen that violated the anti-open grazing law.

However, the state government later released the cows after their owners reportedly paid N5 million in fines.

 

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