The Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the aid of residents of the state.
The governor’s plea comes after of the gruesome murder of more than 134 people by alleged Fulani herdsmen in the state across three local government areas of Otukpo, Apa and Guma.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Nathaniel Ikyur, said Ortom spoke when he paid a condolence visit to the Mgbam community in Nyiev council ward of Guma Local Government Area, where 36 people, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) were killed by Fulani herdsmen last Friday, while over 40 people were injured.
The governor said the president should not just stop mourning with the families of the bereaved, but should also direct security agencies to go all out to arrest the Fulani militia, who had made life unbearable for the people of the state.
He said the time had come for the president to act fast beyond words and with concrete actions to end the killings.
Ortom, however, appealed to the communities and their leaders to continue to be law abiding but also be vigilant at all times to be able to ward off the assailants.
The governor also visited the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi, where those injured in the attack were receiving treatment.
Speaking to journalists after going round the wards, Ortom bewailed the mindless killings by marauding invaders. He said in the last five days similar attacks by armed herders in three local government areas of the state, including Otukpo, Apa and Guma, had claimed over 134 innocent lives. He added.