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Governor Ortom cannot ban Fulani herdsmen from Benue, says police


The Commissioner of police for Benue state Bashir Makama has said that the governor Samuel Ortom cannot banish Fulani herdsmen from the middle-belt state.

Governor Ortom has been told by police that he cannot stop Fulani herdsmen from working in Benue state.

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Daily Post reports that Makama said this while reacting to the recent directive by Governor Ortom that Fulani herdsmen should vacate the state within 72 hours.

“The herdsmen should have been advised to leave. And if they discover that the people are not receptive to them, they would have left quietly rather than push them out. The state belongs to all Nigerians,” the police commissioner said.

The ultimatum followed a fresh clash between the herdsmen and inhabitants that resulted in the killing of eight persons.

The governor’s order came just when 30 bodies of inhabitants of a community in the state were recovered from a river.

Meanwhile, there was drama at the National Assembly complex in Abuja on Thursday, March 16 when for over two hours, students from various tertiary institutions, barricaded the busy Makurdi-Lafia, in protests over herdsmen killings in Benue state.

The protesters went on to shake the National Assembly in Abuja, and Makurdi, the state capital of Benue state.


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