Herdsmen attack Benue communities, kill over 20 – Gov. Ortom

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Armed herdsmen have attacked Benue communities, killing at least 20 people, Gov. Samuel Ortom has said.

The assailants attacked communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state between Monday and Tuesday.

Mr. Ortom disclosed this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Makurdi after the State Security Meeting.

He said that out of the number of those killed, nine were livestock guards who were to enforce the state’s anti-open grazing law.

He said that the law was not targeted at any ethnic group and wondered why the herdsmen had taken it so personal to the point of unleashing terror on the people.

The governor also lamented the unwarranted wanton destruction of lives and property by the herdsmen.

He said that no matter the intimidation and killings by the herdsmen, the law would not be reversed or repealed.

He assured that the law must be implemented to the latter and anybody or group of persons that flouts it would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Mr. Ortom called on the Federal Government to wade into the matter so as to avert further destruction of lives and property.

Gajir Tsoho of the Surgical Department, Benue State University Teaching Hospital, said over 30 injured victims of the herdsmen attack were brought to the hospital and were receiving treatment.



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  • Bassey Frank

    You are timid and lilly-livered; when you were talking on the TV the other day that the Fulani Herdsmen had warned on the attack, I knew they will surely do; and there is nothing you can do about it. You are so afraid of Buhari that you wouldn’t like to offend him by uttering words that will annoy him. The next thing is for you to announce that Buhari is the best leader. You did same the other time your people were slaughtered by the same people.

    • Yakubu

      In your myopic thinking annoying buhari is the solution to herdsmen attack? Herdsmen have been having problem with farmers before buhari and shall continue to have it many years after buhari.

      • Factual Bob

        Just shut Up ! ,your mumu never do eh?

      • Bassey Frank

        Did you hear about the mass killings in Agatu? Are you aware that since Buhari came to power, Fulani rampage has heightened beyond what used to be the case? Did you not hear the widespread outcry over Buhari’s silence on the killings? Did you not hear Govs. Wike and Fayose berate Gov. Ortom over his silence before he realized himself? Is that how a governor should address such heinous crime in his state? Let the Arewa-anus Fulanis try it in Ekiti.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    It is high time Nigeria, security agencies to rise up to the Herdsmen challenges and ensure Herdsmen-rearing cattles, must remain in their states-of origin to rear cattles not rearing cows in their respective states of irigin not Southern or Western or Eastern states in Nigeria.

    • Say the truth

      Tell your father Buhari who is the herdsmen patron.

  • Tess

    Herdsmen on the prowl. They are in another phase of the campaign to enslave everyone whose land they’ve targeted. Wake up Nigerians and make sure this stops. No government will help you. They’re just good in arrogance and lies.

  • AryLoyds

    Buhari and his Fulani brothers doing what they know best again. Fulani animals always behaving badly

  • FreeNigeria

    Buhari butchers at it again

  • Kickboxer


  • forestgee

    Calling on Federal Government for help is equivalent to calling on herdsmen (your attackers) for help. Evaluate your options and help your State…be fast about it Governor Ortom.

  • Okokondem

    People of the area formerly known as Benue Plateau State basically and comfortably acquiesced to the hausa-fulani military oligarchy frustration and subjugation of Ndigbo after the civil war, even as they themselves were regarded as second class citizens by the oligarchy. Fast forward, they have become the butt of the hausa-fulani joke. Isn’t that funny? The leaders and people of these new states carved out of the erstwhile Benue Plateau must now learn to fight injustice the way Ndigbo have tried to do for over 50 years. It ain’t gonna be ease, but do it they must or face eradication. That’s Nigeria for you, it’s all about whose ox is being gored.

  • Solomon Brown

    You have got to match them bullet for bullet Ortom, talking alone won’t bring about the desired outcome which is an end to the blood lust of these herdsmen. Governors/Legislators whose states are at risk should seek ways to amend the constitution so states are responsible for their security, too many fifth columnists Fulani elements in the Army and police force.

  • Intrepid

    The crying governor cries out again. Your people and those killers are not one . Tell your papa in Aso rock to let your people be.

    Separation is the answer.

  • Mentus

    I am still baffled about Buhari’s lack of action regarding the killings by herdsmen. As head of state he acknowledged that it is one of his responsibilities to ensure the safety of the electorate, why then is Buhari – the hard hitting man – who promised to crush Insurgency not doing anything to curb the Herdsmen excesses. Why has Buhari refused to take a stand against the killings. Why is Buratai not sending his army to precisely deal with these murderers. Why won’t they crush these men.
    More importantly why do the legislators and Senators not see the activities of these herdsmen as a threat to national security and take urgent steps to legislate against it.


    This governor usually supports Buhari yet the Fulani herdsmen do not care. Please rethink your sycophancy and stand up for your people.

  • Yego V

    Can someone please appeal to the hopeless minister Lai Mohammed to comment on the security situation.: Unfortunately his paid e-rats will never show up at times like this. A very wicked and callous government claiming technical defeat.

  • ott

    This is a summary of the activities of Fulani herdsmen prior to 2017

    An update on our earlier report on the timeline of the massacres being carried out with impunity by the Fulani Terrorists without any attempt by the government of President Mohammed Buhari, a Fulani himself, to kerb it

    July 2012: Senator Gyang Dantong and the Majority Leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Gyang Fulani died in the stampede that ensued while attending the mass burial of about 50 victims of attack by Fulani herdsmen at Maseh village in Riyom LGA.

    April 23, 2013: 10 farmers killed in an attack in Mbasenge community, Guma L.G.A by suspected herdsmen.

    May 7, 2013: 47 mourners gunned down by suspected herdsmen in Agatu while burying two policemen.

    May 14, 2013: Over 200 herdsmen surround Ekwo-Okpanchenyi, Agatu LGA killing 40 locals.

    July 5, 2013: 20 people were killed in a conflict between Tiv farmers & herdsmen at Nzorov, Guma LGA.

    July 28, 2013: In retaliation to the alleged killing of 112 cows, herdsmen invade 2 villages in Agatu LGA killing 8 villagers.

    November 7, 2013: Attackers strike at Ikpele & Okpopolo communities killing 7 and displacing over 6000 inhabitants.

    November 9, 2013: 36 locals killed, 7 villages overrun in an outbreak of fighting between herdsmen and locals in Agatu L.G.A.

    June 2015: Fulani herdsmen attacked Motokun village, Patigi Local Government Area, Kwara State. The Oro-Ago community in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state was also attacked. Fulani herdsmen attacked Ninji and Ropp villages in Plateau State and killed 27 persons. Also, the same group reportedly murdered about 70 Christians.

    July 16, 2015: Fulani Herdsmen attack and killed farmers in Plateau.

    September 2015: an attack by some Fulani herdsmen on the community of Onitsha Ukwuani in Ndokwa West local government area of Delta State left about three persons dead. A middle-aged woman was raped and subsequently killed by three Fulani herdsmen in Edo state.

    October 2, 2015: Fulani Herdsmen raped, killed Ogun Residents and Farmers.

    November 2015: Herdsmen invaded Ulaja and Ojeh communities in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State and killed about 22 men and women.

    December 1, 2015: Fulani Herdsmen kill a man in Ofagbe community, Isoko North council area of Delta.

    January 24, 2016: Nigerian police DPO, 29 others killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

    February 2016: Fulani herdsmen reportedly killed About 10 persons in Tom-Anyiin, Tom-Ataan, Mbaya and Tombu in the Buruku Local Government Area of the state.

    February 8, 2016: 10 killed, Over 300 displaced in clash between herdsmen and farmers at Tom-Anyiin, Tom-Ataan in Buruku LGA.

    February 11, 2016: Herdsmen attacked Abbi community in Uzo-Uwani LGA, Enugu killing two siblings and burnt houses, motorcycles.

    February 29, 2016: Over 500 locals killed and 7000 displaced in an attack in Agatu LGA by fulani herdsmen.

    March 9, 2016: 8 residents killed during herdsmen attacks in Ngorukgan, Tse Chia, Deghkia and Nhumbe, Logo LGA.

    April 5, 2016: APC youth leader, Mr. Aondohemba Kasa and 3 others killed in fresh Fulani herdsmen, farmers’ clash in Benue.

    April 8, 2016: Fulani herdsmen kidnapped and killed Falae’s security guard at his Ondo state farm.

    April 9 2016: Fulani camp was razed following the killing of a 64-year old farmer, identified as Alex in Edo.

    April 12, 2016: Fulani herdsmen attack Dori and Mesuma villages in Taraba, killing at least 15.

    April 19, 2016: A member of about 18 suspected Herdsmen that invaded farms in Lagun village, Lagelu local council Oyo state, shot Mr. Jimmy Aido.

    April 25, 2016: 48 killed, 60 injured by Fulani herdsmen in Ukpabi Nimbo community, Enugu state.