Benue elders, Buhari meet on herders’ palaver



    Elders and leaders in Benue state on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari to deliberate on the latest killing of 73 individuals by suspected herdsmen and to search out lasting resolution to violence within the state.

    Some leaders in Benue state led by Governor Ortom in a gathering with Buhari on Monday
    Benue governor Samuel Ortom in heat handshake with Buhari on Monday

    Also on the assembly have been Mr. Benson Abounu, Deputy Governor of Benue State; Senator David Mark; Senator Barnabas Gemade and Senator George Akume.

    President Buhari in a bunch with Benue leaders

    Also on the assembly have been Mr. Benson Abounu, Deputy Governor of Benue State; Senator David Mark; Senator Barnabas Gemade and Senator George Akume.

    President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara had earlier met over the safety scenario in Benue, Taraba and different States within the nation.

    Meanwhile, the Presidency has denied that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was notified by Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom of the menace and eventual killings in Benue on Jan. 1, by herdsmen previous to the assaults.

    The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laoulu Akande, made the denial in an announcement in Abuja.

    Akande stated that Osinbajo was shocked by a information report ostensibly quoting Ortom as saying that the VP was warned of the “savage and inhumane killings by alleged herdsmen’’ in Logo and Guma native authorities areas.

    The Spokesman of the Vice President stated the Vice President didn’t consider that the Governor may ever have stated such.

    “It will likely be a horrible falsehood to counsel that the VP was ever knowledgeable by the Governor or anybody else of the imminence of the killing of residents of our nation in these or another native governments in Benue,’’ he added.

    Akande famous that Ortom had on June 7, 2017 written to the Vice President, then Acting President.

    He stated that in that letter, Ortom was protesting a newspaper publication the place the management of Miyetti Allah was reported to have acknowledged that it was against the state’s Open Grazing Prohibition regulation and that they might mobilize to withstand the regulation.

    Akande acknowledged that the Miyetti Allah had written to the Vice President on June 5, 2017 on the identical regulation protesting a number of sections of the regulation.

    He acknowledged that the Governor went on to say that the management of Miyetti Allah ought to be arrested as a result of they used phrases resembling “wicked, obnoxious and repressive,” to explain the regulation.

    Ortom had stated they have been “utterances that are capable of undermining the peace…”

    According to Akande, Osinbajo subsequently met with the Governor, mentioned the matter and the safety scenario within the State after which ordered regulation enforcement companies to be on the alert to stop any assaults or violence.

    “In the stated letter written by the Governor, there was no point out of any menace to any particular one of many 23 native governments of Benue State.

    “So, the perfect the regulation enforcement companies may do even then was to await data or intelligence of an imminent assault. None got here.

    “Since then the VP has held a number of conferences with the Benue Governor, together with a go to to the State on Sept. 6, final yr on the behest of Mr. President through the tragic floods within the state final yr.

    “At all such conferences, the Vice President mentioned the safety scenario of the state with the Governor,’’ he added.

    He reiterated that following that, the then Acting President convened a serious nationwide safety retreat which was attended by all state governors, service chiefs and heads of safety companies.

    He recalled that the retreat featured very detailed discussions on the herdsmen/farmers’ clashes.

    “To the perfect of our information, neither Gov. Ortom nor the Federal Government was conscious of the imminence of the cowardly assault on Logo and Guma on the first of January.

    “Therefore, any suggestion that the President or the Vice President ignored the State Governor’s warning is each completely false and positively deceptive,’’ the assertion stated.