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Finally?-Governor Ortom begins dialogue between Fulani herdsmen and Benue farmers
Samuel Ortom, Benue State Governor

Finally?-Governor Ortom begins dialogue between Fulani herdsmen and Benue farmers

If you live in Benue State then you will be familiar the bloody clashes between Fulani herdsmen and locals in the state.

Apparently tired of the incessant blood-fests, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has pledged to intensify dialogue to resolve the protracted crisis between the two parties.

Ortom, speaking on Friday evening during a courtesy visit to him by the leadership of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria in Makurdi explained that although he was personally affected by the crisis, he would not procure and supply arms to Benue people to retaliate the loss suffered by farmers in the crises but would seek lasting solution by promoting dialogue between the parties.

He said farmers and herders must acknowledge and respect the rights of each other and promote peaceful coexistence, while seeking redress for wrongs through legal means.

He also revealed plans by Police to fish out identified criminals within the two groups who were promoting the conflict.

He said after separate meetings with the Tiv and Idoma traditional councils, he would convene a meeting with cattle breeders to further deliberate on the matter.

Ortom said he had set up machinery to dialogue with those who possessed illegal arms in the state, adding that he had given those possessing such arms three months to surrender their weapons or face the wrath of the law enforcement agencies.

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