Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that he has commenced the process of evacuating herdsmen out of the state.


The governor who dropped the hint at Buruku, the headquarters of Buruku Local Government Area of the state on Monday said that all security agents would be involved to escort the herdsmen out of the state.


Hundreds of displaced persons from troubled communities are already taking refuge in the LGEA Primary School in Buruku town as a result of last weekend’s attacks in the area.


Addressing the Internally Displaced Persons in Buruku, Ortom said plans had been concluded with security agents to evacuate all Fulani herdsmen, saying ‘my people do not want them now’.


Ortom, who was visibly angry at the sight of the displaced persons said, “It will get to a stage when the people will want to react and there is a limit to which I can hold my people.


“Already, arrangement is on with security agents in the state to lead the Fulani herdsmen out of the state, and this is expected to commence immediately, latest by Thursday, they will go back to their various homes.”


Ortom said that there is no land available in the state for grazing, adding that ranching was an alternative.


(Source: Punch)




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