I am committed to finding and punishing perpetrators, Buhari tells Ortom

The Buhari indictment in Benue state

Nigeria: Benue State Conflict Leaves 83 Dead in 1 Week

Speaking with state house correspondents at the end of a meeting with the president on Tuesday, Ortom said the situation grew from bad to worse as a result of "threat without action".

"We have dialogued; we have looked at the problem with the security chiefs and appreciated each other".

Addressing newsmen after the meeting, Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue said there was now synergy among the security agencies, the federal and state governments to combat the challenge. "Just yesterday (Monday) in Logo local government, mobile policemen that were deployed to Logo to keep vigil to protect the people and the land; these militia came, exchanged fire with them, caught two of them and slaughtered them like goats - mobile policemen!" he said.

An invasion of Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State during the new year by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen left at least 57 people dead.

"The Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble maker (s), any group (s) or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis".

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The state Police Public Relation Officer, Moses Yamu, confirmed the killings and said another mobile policeman who sustained gunshot wound is receiving treatment at the Benue State University Hospital in Makurdi. The full weight of the law will be applied on anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the State.

Governor Ishaku while reacting to the proposed colony proposed by minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe said the states that have already enacted the anti open grazing bill are open to any solution to the crisis but added that Act which is already in operation in Taraba has been lauded by stakeholders.

There have been calls for the president, who is also into cattle rearing, to speak up against killings by suspected herdsmen.

"I briefed Mr President when this incident took place on January 1".

"We have agreed that killings in any form is not allowed and security men must apprehend such people and prosecute them".

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