Governor orders herdsmen out of Benue town after six killed in fresh attack

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of the state, a two-day ultimatum to leave the area.

Mr. Ortom gave the order on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh during a visit to ascertain the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen.

The visit followed attacks carried out by the herdsmen over the weekend, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Eight bodies were recovered, while three persons were missing, according to the sole administrator for the council area, Justina Sorkaa,

The state police commissioner, Bashir Makama, however said six persons died in the attack.

Mr. Ortom said 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.

Most people in Benue state were disarmed through the amnesty programme executed by the Ortom administration in 2015.

Mr. Ortom encouraged the people to remain law abiding by reporting for appropriate action, any breach of peace by the herdsmen.

“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. Sorkaa said.



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  • Kill Corruption its Contagious

    You will soon wake up fully, Mr Governor.

  • Joe

    Fulanis are armed to the teeth by miyatte allah because their grand patron is in charge of Nigeria.

    • emmanuel

      Buhari is back and they have all resumed.
      Those who wait for politicians to solve these foolani herdsmen problem will be consumed.

  • T-Rex

    Hahahahahaha,you have no bite Mr Gov. You are just a fulani stooge.

  • kalah

    Why not just order them out of the state – problem solved.

  • AryLoyds

    Fulani animals causing problems every where. This killings breeds a circle of hate.

  • Man_Enough

    Did he order them to invade the place? They won’t seek anybody’s permission before coming.

  • Dazmillion

    Police should lead herdsmen out of the area? I dont understand this governor. I thought he would shouting the the herdsmen should be lead down to prison to face prosecution for genocide

  • Frank Bassey

    “Mr. Ortom encouraged the people to remain law abiding by reporting for appropriate action, any breach of peace by the herdsmen.” This dullard has presided over mass killings of Benue indigenes than all his predecessors put together. So, the only reaction he has is to ask Police to lead the herdsmen out of the area? Shame to him.