Fulani Herdsmen Killings: Ortom Provides Documents Indicting Presidency

Fulani Herdsmen Killings: Ortom Provides Documents Indicting Presidency

By Associate Editor | The Trent on February 16, 2018
Samuel Ortom, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, Government House
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, revealed before the  joint senate committee on police affairs and national security and intelligence that the presidency ignored several warnings which lead to the mass killing of his people by Fulani herdsmen.

Ortom provided the lawmakers copies of his letters to Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria, and the security chiefs before and after each attack.

“Over 100 people killed in Benue would not have died if security agencies were responsive. None of the letters to the Presidency was replied.”

“The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, attributed the Benue killings to blockade of grazing routes and implementation of ranching law.”

“His position is misleading and dishonest. We hope that his position is not that of the Federal Government”, Ortom said

The governor recalled that President Buhari directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to relocate to Benue but that ”he spent a night in Lafia before coming to Benue.”

“His PRO (Jimoh Moshood) insulted me on a public television programme that ‘the Governor of Benue State is a drowning man.’ IGP has not apologised and has not removed the FPRO.”

“Miyetti Allah Cattle Herders Association boldly announced, ‘Expect more blood to flow in Benue State,’ and more blood is flowing, yet the IGP has not arrested or questioned them.”

“Nigerians clearly know the side the IGP stands on. He is not on the side of justice and should resign.”

Ortom, who denied that he was sponsoring a militia group, recalled that before the anti-open grazing law was implemented, herders were given a six-month grace to establish ranches.

Read more at Sun News


  1. The story of Nigerian govt today is sad,sad,sad. It is nothing less than an executive brigandry. It appears that this govt craves only for those things that can brew hatred amongst our people’s,impoverish and make their lives miserable and pursues them with a sadistic propensity.It’s a shame!

  2. Peace loving Nigerians should condemn the complacency of federal government on the genocide carried out on Benue people by Fulani herdsmen. Gov Orton deserves the support of civil societies, he is in pains. Those who think that the governor should defend his people only want him on the wrong side of the law. The blame is squarely on Buhari and his federal government. The history of Benue killings will surely not die soon as long as it is unjustly handled. Some body owns up to mass killings and he is not invited for even mere questioning. A particular tribe parades with automatic riffles and they are not interrupted, where is justice law in Nigeria?

Leave a Comment

To leave a comment anonymously, simple write your thoughts in the comments box below and click the ‘post comment’ button.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.