by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has said that the pattern of the attacks and killings barely four days after a similar incident at Tse-Angbande was unfortunate and bore the handwriting of mindless jihadists, who had set out to overrun the state.
According to him, the series of attacks were a grand plan to whittle-down operations of Livestock Guards and Agro Rangers, who are doing very well in containing attacks on communities and enforcing the ranching law of the state.
He said the state, under his watch, will not succumb to attacks by terrorists, whether they are jihadists or militia herders whose sole target is occupation of the state and destruction of lives and property.
Governor Ortom disclosed this on Wednesday, while addressing journalists when he visited the scene of alleged herders’ attack on Agboughul community of Makurdi local government area where three people were killed and three others injured last night.
The governor lamented that developed crimes globally with higher number of cattle compared to Nigeria have no cases of conflicts between herders and farmers due to ranching, which is also being practiced in Benue, stressing that he would continue to speak against impunity in the country.
According to him, the latest midnight attack in Agboughul community left three people dead – Barrister Moses Udam and his wife as well as Elder Nyikyor Mazugu – while three people are being treated for severe injuries during the attack.