John Charles, Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday, raised the alarm that the state was under siege of Fulani herdsmen, adding, “we are helpless”.

In an interview with journalists in Makurdi after receiving civil society organisations in his office, the governor said troops could not curtail the influx of the herdsmen because they were overstretched.

While stating that the anti open grazing law of the state was still on course, the governor said his government was looking at legal  alternatives to complement  the security agencies to tackle possible security breaches.

He said, “You know there is an influx of herdsmen in the state but we are helpless because we are law abiding citizens.

“Though the troops are still in town and they have been doing their best but they are overstretched. They have been overwhelmed.

“They need more personnel and equipment because of the superior power force of the herdsmen. The advantage the troops have is that they have capacity on land, air and sea.

“Our intention is to see all the Internally Displaced Persons go back home but we are faced with security challenges. Till today, there are attacks in different communities in the state.

“Our law is still in place and nobody will stop us from implementing it. Any herdsman who violates the law will be apprehended. Already, more than 400 have been arrested with 100 facing prosecution,” Ortom said.

“What we have agreed in this meeting is to look for alternative way that is legal that will complement the security agency to help them stamp out this menace. We are not going to fold our arms and we are going to move on,” Ortom said.

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