Benue: ‘Despite Military Presence, 60 More People Killed By Fulani Herdsmen’ – Ortom
Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, on Monday, February 26, 2018, raised fresh concerns of possible herdsmen attacks in the state.
The governor made this hint when he led Paul Enenche, the senior pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, and his wife, Becky, to the cemetery of the 73 victims of the New Year Fulani herdsmen attacks.
Ortom hinged his alarm on the influx of over one million cattle into the state despite the launch of Ayem Akpatuma military exercise last Tuesday.
Ortom, who decried the influx of herdsmen into the state, appealed to the military to flush out the invaders so that the over 160,000 displaced persons who had been in eight camps could return to their homes.
Ortom further said that more than 60 persons, including three people killed last week in Guma Local Government Area of the state, have been killed since the mass burial of the 73 persons initially killed by herdsmen in the New Year attacks.
“We appreciate president Buhari for the deployment of soldiers to the state to keep the peace, but our concern is the influx of over one million cows into the state despite the presence of the military.”
Conducting funeral service at the cemetery, Enenche anointed the land to signify the breaking of the yoke, declaring that the burial would also connote the interment of security failure, impunity, Jihadist agenda and all forms of evils.
He prayed for God’s justice and judgment against the killers and their sponsors throughout the country and charged the earth to rise up against them.
“The Bible made it clear that the loss of a life is an irreparable loss. In the book of Mark chapter 8: 36, it says what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul. So the loss of one life is an irreplaceable, irreparable loss that is why we came to stand with the state to let the state know that God is aware of our mourning”.
Timothy Hembaor, the national president of The TYO, who addressed a news conference in Makurdi, said the immediate overhaul of the security hierarchy will give room for true intelligence gathering and fair security play in the country.
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