Ortom, Legislators Restate Call for Arrest of Fulani Leaders
Governor Samuel Ortom and legislators from the state today reiterated the call for the arrest of Fulani leaders as those responsible for the current killings in the state. They made the call during a courtesy call by the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Danbazau Rtd, at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi. The call coincided with that of protesting women that President Mohammed Buhari should call his kinsmen to order. Both Governor Ortom and Senator George Akume who read the communiqué of members of the State and National Assembly explained that their call for the arrest of the leaders of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore was based on their threats last year that they would mobilize to resist the anti-open grazing law. They stressed that except the arrests were made the people of the state would conclude that the Federal Government was in support of an agenda to dispossess Benue people of their land. The women group whose spokespersons included Mrs. Laadi Ngbea, Chief Rebecca Apedzan and Josephine Habba, stated that part of the reason why they voted President Buhari was for him to call killer herdsmen to order and that they feel he can still do it. Tor Tiv V, Professor James Ayatse, had earlier appealed for federal intervention to stop the killings when the Minister visited him in his Makurdi residence. The Minister who was led by Governor Ortom to visit those on admission as well as the dead in the mortuary at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, assured that he would convey the messages to the President and also take measures in collaboration with the state government to apprehend those culpable and also stop the killings.