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Governor Ortom offers Fulani herdsmen amnesty

Written By Idoma Television on Saturday, July 16, 2016 | 5:12:00 AM

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has extended his amnesty program to Fulani Herdsmen in the State.

He has also given the herdsmen two weeks ultimatum to surrender their weapons.

IDOMA VOICE reports that the cattle rearers and Benue community have been at loggerheads for years over grazzing of cattle in the land.

The development has resulted to lost of lives and properties value millions of naira.

Recall that during his inauguration last year, the governor declared amnesty for possessors of illegal arms in the state, urging them to surrender their weapons or get arrested.

He said, “We call on all unlawfully armed persons who have been terrorizing innocent citizens to immediately surrender their arms, be free and get integrated into our reform program, or we shall pursue them down to their holes."

“We will do everything possible to contain attacks on our people by criminal gangs and herdsmen. We will through appropriate legislation, encourage those with livestock in the state to keep them on ranches as a way of forestalling incessant clashes with farmers,” Mr Ortom stated.

Sadly, despite the introduction of the amnesty program by the current government, cult killings, kidnapping and other social vices still reign in the state. 

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