Benue killings out of control, says governor


Punch Newspaper
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Benue killings out of control, says governor
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, on Thursday lamented that the killings currently going on in Agatu Local Government Area of his state is getting out of hand.
He said the situation which had led to the death of many people and the destruction of several settlements had deteriorated to the stage that he decided to come and brief the Presidency.

Ortom spoke with State House correspondents after meeting Vice President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Media reports had it that at least 145 persons had been killed in 25 villages in the local government.
The attacks on the communities by herdsmen which started on February 22, 2016, are said to be ongoing.

Ortom confirmed that many people have been killed in the attacks while many other people from the affected areas have been turned to refugees.
He said he could no longer sit back in the state and watch the ugly events unfolding without seeking help from the Federal Government.
The governor said, “There are issues in my state especially the invasion of herdsmen in one of my local governments, Agatu Local Government.
“While we are making our own efforts to ensure that we maintain law and order, I thought it was necessary to also brief the Presidency.
“We also discussed other issues of interest. I think that the situation in Benue, especially in Agatu is getting out of hand.