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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has reportedly given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku local government area, a two-day ultimatum to leave the area.
The ultimatum followed a fresh clash between the herdsmen and inhabitants that resulted in the killing of eight persons.
The governor’s order came just when 30 bodies of inhabitants of a community in the state were recovered from a river.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ortom gave the order on Monday, March 13 in Tombo-Mbalagh during a visit to ascertain the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen.
The report said apart from those who were killed, three persons were declared missing as revealed by the sole administrator for the council area, Justina Sorkaa.
In his version of the incident, the commissioner of police in the state, Bashir Makama, however said six persons died in the attack.
Mr. Ortom said he had directed security agencies as a matter of urgency to lead herdsmen out of the area for peace to reign adding that the cattle rearers must leave since they were not welcomed by the unarmed inhabitants of the area.
Ortom pleaded with the people of the state to remain law-abiding by reporting any breach of peace by the herdsmen to the appropriate authority.
Mrs Sorkaa explained thus: “Some of the displaced persons have moved in with their relations in Buruku town and those who do not have anywhere to go are with us in an improvised IDP camp here at St Peter’s Anglican Primary School, Imenger.”