By Sunday Iduh
In an act of defiance, suspected herdmen militia that killed two development workers and one other person in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State used their victim’s handset to send a message to Governor Samuel Ortom, warning him that killings in the state will continue until the state repeals the Anti-Open Grazing Law.
Governor Ortom who disclosed this after a meeting with the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus in Makurdi Monday vowed that he will not be cowed by such threat.
According to him, “the killer herdsmen even have the guts to send a message to me through the handset of one of the deceased that they will continue to kill until I repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.”
“The whole incident boils down to the impunity that is prevalent in the country and the evil that is going on. We will continue to cry out to the international community to draw their attention to genocide that is going on in Benue State and other parts of Nigeria,” he stated.
He frowned at the situation whereby Fulani herdsmen who are romancing with the Federal Government and issuing threatening messages every day are left to walk around freely.
“Raping and kidnapping of our students for ransome have become the order of the day. If someone like Gumi can meet with bandits to negotiate for ransome, the federal government can not claim not know where the bandits are.
“They want to take over the state but some of us will fight that with the last pint of our blood. We cannot keep quiet in the midst of injustice. If you want us to keep quiet, you must also give us justice, then we can be quiet,” he said.
The governor stated that the day the President want to end the killings in the country, it will end.
Two humanitarian workers and a 200 level student of Benue State University, Makurdi, who is also a relative of the governor were killed by Fulani herdsmen militia on Sunday.
On the visit by Wike and Secondus to the state, the governor said it was part of the efforts to reposition the PDP to take over the leadership of Nigeria in 2023.
“This is a family meeting. We are here to reason together, restrategize and see how we can make our party more vibrant because the entire country are waiting for the PDP to take over the mantle of leadership in 2023.
“We have to plan ahead. We have been doing this meeting all over the country. The essence of the meetings is to strategize and give confidence to the people of Nigeria who are calling on us to put our house in order so that they will join us to win elections,” he stated.