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In Benue Fulani herdsmen kill 50 in Tiv communities, Ortom blames FG

Governor Ortom revealed that 50 people were killed in the massacre that happened on Tuesday.

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has blamed the Federal Government for the death of 50 people in Tiv communities in the state allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen.

The marauding Fulani herdsmen carried out the devastating attacks in Guma Local Government Area, where Ortom is from, and Logo LGA.

While speaking to journalists at the Government House in Makurdi on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the governor said the attacks were successful due to negligence from the Federal Government who failed to heed to its warnings about the group.

The governor said the state had notified the Federal Government of the threat of the herdsmen after they vowed to resist the state's anti-grazing bill.

He said, "Several innocent people have been killed. Women and children murdered with their throats slit open.

"Many people are still missing while several houses have been destroyed. The whole of Guma and Logo have been turned into desolate lands.

"You would recall that I made official reports to the federal government about the intended invasion of Benue State by these herdsmen who claimed that they would resist the (Anti-Grazing) law. I have never seen where people would come out with this level of impunity.

"This is unfortunate; we are living in a country that is presumed to be our own. Security agencies in this country had been aware of the impending attacks and what you are seeing here is just a tip of the iceberg.

"So many people have been killed, houses razed and some of those killed had their throats slit, eyes and private organs removed and killed like animals.

"You can imagine that innocent women and children and unarmed people were slaughtered in cold blood just for no reason at all because they want to be law abiding.

"I feel sad about all this. Is this how we are going to continue? The federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari must rise and give us protection to show that we are truly citizens of this country.

"Though we will continue to urge our people to be law abiding, there is a limit to what we can bear. This is not fair, it is not right and certainly unacceptable."

The governor revealed that nine members of the Benue State Livestock Guards, set up by Ortom for the enforcement of the Anti-open Grazing Law last year, were killed during the massacre.

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