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Herdsmen: Governor Reads Riot Act, Gives Quit Notice




Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has read the riot act to herdsmen in the state.

Ortom asked herdsmen in the state to either respect the laws of the state or be ready to Bauchi State where it is legal to carry weapons such as AK-47 around.

Governor Ortom stated this while reacting to a statement credited to the governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed.

Recall that Governor Mohammed had justified the use of weapons such as AK47 by herdsmen.

Speaking on the issue, Ortom criticised the Bauchi State governor, noting that he was castigated by Nigerians for saying that Fulani herdsmen can carry AK-41 and can live anywhere.

Ortom said Nigeria is not governed anyhow but by the constitution which gives power to governors in all the states to preside over the land of their states on behalf of the people.

He added that it’s the governors who can allocate land and permit people to stay where they are. The Benue governor said bandits cannot come to his state and stay in the forest under any guise, saying that they should go to Bauchi State.

His words: “Benue state is governed by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. Benue state also has its laws. Once you are a Fulani man, you come with legitimate papers, you are free to stay in Benue State and do business according to the laws of our land.

“Anyone who is not willing to respect the laws of our land should go and meet Bala Mohammed. There you can carry AK-47 and you will not be apprehended. We will apprehend you if you come here.”


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