Benue State governor Samuel Ortom has spoken after his meeting with the state security council, insisting on the ban on open grazing.
The governor gave an updated number of deaths in Tuesday’s herdsmen attack to 20. The incident happened on Tuesday in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State.
According to Ortom, nine of those who lost their lives were livestock guards who were to enforce the state’s anti-open grazing law.
Since the law was not targeted at any ethnic group, he wondered why the herdsmen took it personal.
He said that no matter the intimidation and killings by the herdsmen, the law would not be reversed or repealed.
The governor assured that the law must be implemented to the letter and anybody or group of persons that flouts it would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Over 30 injured victims of the herdsmen attack were brought to the hospital and were receiving treatment, according to Gajir Tsoho of the Surgical Department, Benue State University Teaching Hospital.