Governor Samuel Ortom who prayed that those conniving with enemies of Benue State to execute clandestine agenda against the people would be put to shame, revealed this in a press statement released on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase. He further stated that attacks on Benue communities by militia herdsmen had only subsided due to the presence of Operation Whirl Stroke, noting that some security agents were killed recently by the marauders.
Those plotting evil against this administration would always come behind, because l know that prayers from the church had helped in saving democracy from its enemies in the state.
“From January to August 2018, close to 50 security operatives had fallen prey to activities of militia herdsmen.”
The Benue State Governor also said it was laughable that the whole cattle causing unrest in Nigeria were less than 20 million, adding that countries with over 200 million cattles practised ranching without hitches.
Governor Ortom who spoke at a one-day Minister’s Retreat held at NKST church Iyorter, Makurdi, the Benue State Capital, charged the people of the state to arm themselves by obtaining their Permanent Voter’s Cards in order to resist further invasion of Benue land by herdsmen under the guise of grazing.
Punch reporter that the Governor who asked the church to be vigilant and stop the plan by enemies to impose leaders on the state with a view to having a smooth ride in the implementation of their agenda, also said;
“I acknowledged the complementary role of the church in securing the land through prayers during the external aggression that characterised the enactment and implementation of the Benue’s Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.”
This is coming few days after the Governor raised an alarm on herdsmen’s plan to kill him.