Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State, on Tuesday said the killing perpetrated by herdsmen in the State became worse due to “threat without action,”
Ortom said this while asking President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful about the killings in the state.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the governor said Buhari had been carrying out some investigations to know the next line of action to take on the situation.
According to Ortom,“I briefed Mr President when this incident took place on January 1. After staying back on the ground to do the needful to ensure that we restore normalcy, I said it was important for me to come personally and brief him and that has been done.
“Already, because of the communications we have been having when this incidents started, actions have been taken as directed by him. The movement of the DIG, the movement of the IG now to relocate to Benue state to ensure that this challenge is surmounted was at the instance of Mr President.
“Of course, additional personnel of DSS and police have been deployed and even the army. We have additional personnel on ground now. We have adequately and fully given them the logistics support to ensure that our people are protected.
“I had to brief him, he is also doing further investigation to know the next line of action. I believe that my request that the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore be arrested be approved… I accused them directly since June last year. I have been writing to the leadership of security agencies, that these people are a threat to our collective interest and they must be dealt with.
“They must be arrested and prosecuted because we cannot allow impunity to continue to thrive. And of course, threat and no action has resulted in this killing and I think that Mr President will also do the needful to ensure something is done.”
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