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Herdsmen killings: We’ve cried enough, it’s now time for action – Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has vowed to take action against the unabated attacks by herdsmen in his state.

Ortom said it is time to stop crying over herdsmen attacks and take action against them.

The Governor spoke during a media parley at the state’s Government House on Saturday.

He stressed that his administration would take steps to protect the people of the state from marauding killer herdsmen.

Ortom also insisted that his administration would not repeal the anti-open grazing law in the state despite the attacks by herdsmen.

He said the attacks would rather push his administration to strengthen the law against open grazing.

Ortom said: “A few weeks ago, Benue stakeholders met and gave this administration the mandate to activate and implement the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000.

“We have already commenced the process of recruiting responsible people of 50 years and below into the Volunteer Guards.

“Their duty is to support the conventional security agencies in defending their communities. We have cried enough. We will cry no more. Now is time for action.”

of students and lecturers in the institution.

An eyewitness told one of our correspondents that the gunmen invaded the school located along the Zaria-Kaduna Expressway last night.

“The gunmen attacked the school last night. Unspecified numbers of students and lecturers were said to have been abducted,” said the eyewitness.

Information regarding the attack was still sketchy as of the time of filing this report. (Text, excluding headline, courtesy of The PUNCH)

David Abakpa

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