Ortom Weeps as Marauding Herdsmen Kill Scores in Benue

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• Calls on Buhari to save his people

• President, Umahi, APC condemn Omoku, Kaduna killings, Wike offers N200m bounty

Iyobosa Uwugiaren, Omololu Ogunmade, Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja, Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt, George Okoh in Makurdi and Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki

The killings perpetuated by bloodthirsty criminal gangs in parts of Nigeria since the start of the New Year, continued yesterday when marauding Fulani herdsmen attacked two local government areas in Benue State – Guma, Governor Samuel Ortom’s local government, and the Logo Local Government Area – killing over 50 persons.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Terver Akase, confirmed the attacks while speaking with THISDAY yesterday, saying those dead included nine members of the Benue State Livestock Guards, while dozens were critically injured.

Ortom who was distraught over the incidents was said to have wept profusely at the scene of the attacks and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to protect his people from the hands of the bloodthirsty herdsmen.

The governor was also at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital to commiserate with the injured and said that the development was unacceptable.

The deadly incidents forced him to call an emergency meeting of the State Security Council on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

The attacks were said to have been carried out between New Year Day and yesterday in both local government areas.

A source disclosed that the invaders came into Logo at about 10 a.m. on New Year day, shooting sporadically as worshippers were coning out of church.

According to him, communities attacked included Ayilamo, Turan and Gaambe-Tiev in Logo.

He added that several persons were still missing while several houses and property worth millions of naira had been destroyed.

The source added that members of the newly constituted Livestock Guards, set up by Ortom for the enforcement of the Anti-open Grazing Law were also murdered, even as he frowned at the attitude of the government for deliberately refusing to send patrol vehicles to the area.

Also, another attack took place in Akor, Umenger and Tomatar in Guma Local Government Area at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

Speaking with newsmen at the end of the emergency security meeting held in Government House, Ortom said over 20 persons had been killed.

But later at the Benue State Teaching Hospital mortuary where the corpses of the deceased were deposited, he expressed shock at the number of persons murdered.

“What I have seen here is far beyond the report we received. Several innocent people have been killed. Women and children murdered with their throats slit open.

“Many people are still missing while several houses have been destroyed. The whole of Guma and Logo have been turned into desolate lands.

“You would recall that I made official reports to the federal government about the intended invasion of Benue State by these herdsmen who claimed that they would resist the (Anti-Grazing) law. I have never seen where people would come out with this level of impunity.

“This is unfortunate; we are living in a country that is presumed to be our own. Security agencies in this country had been aware of the impending attacks and what you are seeing here is just a tip of the iceberg.”

Continuing, he added: “From the report I have gotten so far, what has happened is beyond what we are seeing here in Makurdi where some of the dead and injured are being brought for medical attention.

“So many people have been killed, houses razed and some of those killed had their throats slit, eyes and private organs removed and killed like animals.

“You can imagine that innocent women and children and unarmed people were slaughtered in cold blood just for no reason at all because they want to be law abiding.

“I feel sad about all this. Is this how we are going to continue? The federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari must rise and give us protection to show that we are truly citizens of this country.

“Though we will continue to urge our people to be law abiding, there is a limit to what we can bear. This is not fair, it is not right and certainly unacceptable.”

When contacted, the public relations officer of the Nigeria Police Force headquarters in Abuja, Jimoh Moshood, said the force headquarters was yet to get the details of the Benue attacks.

Ortom had in November last year signed the Anti-Open Grazing and Anti-Kidnapping, Abduction, Cultism and Terrorism Bills into law.

Ortom said that the anti-grazing law would bring to an end the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue.

He lamented the destruction of lives and property in clashes involving farmers and herdsmen over the years, and promised to promote ranching since it had proved to be the best way of rearing livestock globally.

Rivers, Kaduna Killings Condemned

News on the Benue killings came just as President Buhari, Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) condemned the New Year day killings in Omoku, Rivers State and Sango Local Government Area in Kaduna State.

At least 17 persons were killed after the New Year day crossover service by unknown assailants in Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State, while a traditional ruler, Etum Numana, Dr. Gambo Makama, and his pregnant wife, were slaughtered in Sango, Kaduna State on the same day.

In a statement issued yesterday by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari said his administration would investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators of violence in various parts of the country, stating that no religion or civilised culture condones violence, especially the destruction of innocent souls.

The president, who also condemned the killings of citizens in Rivers and Kaduna States on New Year day, described the incidents as “reprehensible and unacceptable” and directed the law enforcement agencies in both states to intensify efforts and ensure that the assailants face the music.

Shehu said in the statement that the president frowned at killings in the name of religion at separate meetings he had with the Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa and Izalatul-Bid’a-Wa-Iqamatus-Sunnah at the State House, Abuja.

According to him, the president said anyone, or group of persons, who unleashes violence on the innocent in the name of a movement, cause or religion, lacks an understanding of the ordinances of God.

“You can’t kill to please God, and I know no religion tolerates the taking of another person’s life in the name of a religious movement. There is no justification for killing any member of the society.

“We have been tackling the Boko Haram menace and we have made significant impact, and we will extend the measures to stop all wanton killings,” he was quoted as saying.

The statement added that the president said the country’s security apparatus would be consistently reviewed to check threats to the peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians with a view to ensuring the safety of lives and property.

It also said the president told the delegation that his political party, the APC, predicated its campaigns on three issues – adequate security, the fight against corruption, and economic development to aid job creation, adding that his government had been consistent in pursuing them.

“Our priority is to also ensure that everyone in the country has something to eat. We are really concerned about the underprivileged. Graciously, God has been hearing our prayers.

“In the past two years, we have had bountiful harvests due to favourable conditions. All over the country, we have reports of farmers posting good harvests…

“Justice will be done to all in the war against corruption. As religious leaders, I urge you to reach out to your followers to respect the rights of others.

“Those that stole from the public can no longer sleep well in the country today. When they run abroad, they cannot take their landed assets with them. We will, in all cases, have them return what they looted,” he added.

According to the statement, the leader of Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa, Dr. Keribullah Nasir Kabara, said the movement would continue to uphold the president in prayers for good health and longer life to enable him build a stronger nation that caters for all citizens.

Kabara, the statement added, said reports of improved security in the North-east and better harvest for farmers across the nation were clear signs of God’s favour and urged the president to continually look unto God.

It also said the sheikh observed that the improved security situation in the country had made it possible for ten million members of Qadiriyya from many parts of Africa to gather in Kano for some days to commemorate the birthday of the founder of the movement without a single attack.

The statement added that the leader of the second group of Ulamas, Shiekh Bala Lau, commended the government’s ongoing drive for infrastructure development in the country and urged Buhari to continue to remember the masses who look up to him for improved wellbeing.

In another statement by Shehu, Buhari expressed shock and outrage over the reports of the massacre of innocent persons in Omoku in Rivers State and the killings of a traditional ruler and his wife in Sango, Kaduna State on New Year day.

While appealing to the affected communities not to embark on reprisal attacks, he asked them to allow the security agencies to thoroughly investigate the incidents and make the perpetrators face the music.

The president was quoted as saying: “I have always maintained that nothing justifies the taking of the life of an innocent person,” adding: “People in our communities must learn to live peacefully.”

The statement also said the president commiserated with families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Also condemning the Omoku attack, the senator representing Rivers South-East, Sen. Magnus Abe, described the killings in the early hours of the New Year day as barbaric and senseless.

A statement yesterday by his media aide, Mr. Parry Benson, said Abe expressed concern over the re-emergence of violence and crime in the area.

He said it was needless for humans to take the lives of others.

“The incident should be condemned by every right thinking Rivers man and woman.

“Rivers communities should not be allowed to become havens for blood thirsty hoodlums,” he said.

The senator urged the Nyesom-Wike-led government to assist the security agencies with the needed tools to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the state.

“The killing in Omoku is an indication that all is not well, the state government should assist the security agencies with the needed tools to tackle the rising state of insecurity.

“The state government must drastically re-engineer the security architecture of the state, and provide funding to fight crime to stop this endless waste of human lives,” he said.

Similarly, the ruling APC condemned the gruesome attacks on worshipers ushering in the New Year in Taiwo Isale area of Ilorin, Kwara State, and Omoku community in Rivers State.

In a statement issued yesterday by the APC spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi, the party also condemned the killings of the Kaduna traditional ruler and his wife by unknown gunmen on New Year day.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and with their friends, families and loved ones. We also condole with the government and people of the affected states.

“It is unfortunate that when people were looking forward to the New Year, they were killed and maimed in such a gruesome, barbaric and needless manner. There can be no justification for these evil, wicked and callous attacks.

“While preliminary reports link the attacks in Kwara and Rivers State respectively to hoodlums and cultists in the reported areas, we call on the relevant security agencies to embark on a full investigation to unravel the perpetrators and make sure they face the full wrath of the law,” the party said.

Also reacting to the Rivers attack, the Ebonyi State governor condemned the New Year killings in Omoku, describing it as the height of insanity and barbarism.

Umahi in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, said the killing of innocent worshippers who went for the crossover night service was a national tragedy and condoled with the families of those who lost their loved ones.

The governor further commiserated with the government and people of Rivers State over the calamity and described the act as the height of insanity and degeneration of humanity to evil.

Umahi said: “We are here again faced with one of the greatest carnages and man’s inhumanity to man. To think that a man with blood running in his veins should open fire on innocent fellow citizens is so horrible and devastating. It is with great shock that I received the news and on behalf of my family and the patriotic citizens of Ebonyi State, I commiserate with my brother and friend, Governor Nyesom Wike, the people of Rivers State and the families of the deceased.

“Such an inhuman act further puts question to our existence as sane and salubrious conscious beings”

He called on the security agencies to intensify investigations into the massacre with a view to arresting the masterminds of the killing, while praying to God to grant the souls of the deceased eternal rest.

Wike Places N200m Bounty

Meanwhile, the Rivers State governor, Nyessom Wike has placed a N200 million bounty for information that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the New Year day Omoku massacre.

He also said the perpetrators would forfeit their houses, just as he directed the security agencies to go on a full-scale war against criminals in the area.

Wike spoke yesterday after he led the Rivers State Security Council on a fact finding/sympathy visit to the families of the deceased. He also visited those injured during the attack.

The governor also visited the scene of the crime where he got briefings from the Nigerian Police Area Commander, Mr. Mike Nwafor and the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni (ONELGA) Local Government Council Caretaker Chairman, Mr. Olisa Osi.

He said: “We have placed a N200 million bounty for relevant information that will lead to the arrest of all those involved in this unfortunate act of violence.

“Anybody who is connected to this crime in any way will have his/her houses forfeited to the government. This place had been peaceful before this unfortunate mayhem.

“We will not allow another case of violence. We have mobilised the security agencies to take the battle to the perpetrators.”

Wike said all those linked to the Omoku violence would face the full wrath of the law.

“You cannot shed innocent blood and go free. We are working with all the security agencies to do everything possible to arrest the perpetrators. They must pay for this,” he said.

The governor commiserated with the families of the deceased, saying that the state government would support them in burying their loved ones and also settle the medical bills of those receiving treatment at different hospitals.

He said: “I am pained by this unfortunate mayhem. Enough is enough.”

The governor and the service commanders also visited the residence of wanted cultist, Don Wanny, where the governor commended the security agencies for working hard to improve security in the state.

The Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Mr. Osi Olisa, informed the governor that 17 persons lost their lives as a result of the attack.

Also recounting what transpired, Mrs. Comfort Ordu, who lost her husband and three of her children, said they were dragged out of their home and killed by the perpetrators.

Some of those murdered in cold blood included Favour Odili, Saviour Amirinze, Augustine Ordu, Precious Ordu, Wisdom Ordu, Jennifer Ohia and Innocent Ohia.

Others were Reuben Idogu, Baby Idogu, Ngozi Ogbuanukwu, Oyi Ogadinma, Nwakaego Ogadinma and Uche Onige.

Wike was accompanied to Omoku by the Brigade Commander of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General A.A Bande; Commander of Joint Task Force, Colonel M.N Madi; Rivers State Deputy Police Commissioner, Ahmed Magaji; and Rivers State Director of the Department of State Services, Mr. Tosin Ajayi.

Amaechi Wants Wike Impeached

But even as Wike placed a N200 million bounty on the killers in his state, his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi yesterday called for his impeachment over the killings, contending that the governor has no excuse for not protecting the live of citizens in Rivers State.

Amaechi, who is the Minister of Transportation in the Buhari administration and a virulent opponent of Wike, said whilst the governor has been busy building roads, he has failed to protect lives and guarantee the development of human capital.

“The first responsibility of a governor which is what the oath of office requires is that you swear to protect lives and property. When you don’t protect lives and property, what do you do? It is impeachment. Unfortunately, there is no House of Assembly in Rivers State.

“There is too much noise coming from Rivers State. The governor just wakes up and starts shouting, abusing people. That’s all he does, Mr. Projects painting roads.

“The first thing you do is human capacity development and keeping human beings and we are losing lives everyday.

“I just don’t know, because the things are there for him to work with. He is not like me, when during my second term President Goodluck Jonathan took away the police and the State Security Services (SSS).

“The Army brigade commander couldn’t visit me, but in his case, everyone is at his disposal.

“He can see the Commissioner of Police, Director, SSS, unlike my time, yet, we fought insecurity. But because he needs these people (criminals) for election purposes, that is why they are still there. That is why they are killing. We need much more than that.

“Unfortunately, I swore not to be talking about Rivers anymore but you don’t keep quiet in the face of 21 lives lost. You can’t just keep quiet. I have said it that nobody should criticise his successor.

“Let him do his bit, but a successor that watches the lives of people go like that and does not care. God will bless him,” he said.

  • Johnpaul Ugwuegbu

    Benue youths should swing into action and ensure all the fulani’s is flush out of their vicinity this is inexplicably horrible this awful incident must stop.So sad God have mercy.

  • MDG2020

    “ No Price is Too Much to Pay” for “wan nut” or “wan nineties.
    Otorm, weep not! it is all for the good of wan nut brotherliness.
    To make matters worse, they exported the same wan nut buccaneer mentality to Rivers state with the aid of amaechi and his goons.
    Onyesom Wike, please watch as God, disgrace them and pour utter concussion on heir head. You need not place bounty on their head, God has already placed an eternal Curse on them. They have no hiding place.
    APC government of blood letting.

  • Jon West

    While ,as a human being , you have to feel sorry and sad for this senseless waste of life, but when you dig into history, you will temper your pity and outrage with the reality of the history of these blighted areas of Nigeria.

    Sometime in June 1966, a ceratin Mr Onwuamaegbu, a hapless Igbo refugee from Fulani pogroms in the core North of the Lugardian Zoo , was decapitated on a refugee train, between Gboko an Igumale in present day Benue State . His killers, who put his torso sans the head, back on the train to Enugu, “as a present for Ojukwu”, were Tiv an Idoma tribesmen, fighting for and on behalf of the Fulanis.

    This is quite instructive, because a few years earlier, during the Tiv riots of 1963, a ceratin Lt Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu was the Army Commander leading Federal troops on a pacification mission in Tivland. The Tiv leader , Joseph Tarka, later commended Ojukwu and his mostly Igbo troops for saving the Tivs from anihilation by the Sarduana of Sokoto and his Islamist agenda.
    The Tivs repaid Ojukwu and the Igbo, by joining in the slaughter of innocent Igbo man, women and babies, at the behest of their former enemies now turned ethnic cousins , all within a period of two years. This really shows the quality of some of these vermin denizens pretending to be human. Now they are getting a dose of Karma, and while no one should rejoice at the turn of events, perhaps the youth should learn from these events.

    Some Nigerians have the blood of innocents on their hands and Karma,natural justice or whatever, will demand a recompense in blood also. This killing field of a country will continue to be a killing field , until there is a genuine truth and reconciliation process, even if we have to go our seperate ways. The North of Nigeria and some southern parts(the minorities) ,will continue to pay a heavy price in blood , for their roles in the Genocidal war gainst the Igbo in 1966-1970 and to date. Ortom and his people will cry a river of tears for their role in Onwuamaegbus decapitation in 1966.

    Is it not interesting that the same vermin denizens voted for the Dullard from Daura in 2015 and will vote for him again, if he runs in 2019. The Wise One once said that “Come between a master and his slave, and the slave will kill you first”. Please , has anyone heard from David Mark, Senate President for 8 years, senator since 1999 and current senator, retired General and notorious acquirer of Igbo Abandoned property in the Southsouth states after the Biafran War? What of Paul Unongo, Abubaker Tsav, General Onoja,Gemade , Tor Tiv, and all the other leaders of this hapless area of Nigeria ,as their hapless peoples are daily put to the sword by their so-calle ethnic cousins, the Fulani.
    However, mention Biafra and Nigerias indisolubility, and they suddenly come alive. What manner of people are these? Both victims and killers?
    To hell with Nigeria!!

    • Grelia O

      Spot on. Unongo gave a multiple-part interview not long ago on the necessity for one Nigeria and the futility of the calls for restructuring. He made no mention of the perennial butchery of his natives by Fulani nomads. He omitted the fact that what makes it possible for the continued success of the cold-blood-letting campaign perpetrated by the nomads is the Nigeria-unity-at-all-cost that he defends.

    • Olisa

      Thank you for all the valuable hard-to-find historical information and stories of your personal encounters with the principal actors that shaped our checkered history. You are much appreciated.
      Happy new year to you.

      • Jon West

        Happy New Year to you too. Don’t worry , my dear man, I will out all the evil men that brought us to this sorry pass. To hell with Nigeria!!

    • William Norris

      The Nigeria Crisis can be said to have been percolating since the country was founded. It was brought to a boil by the military intervention in government that was initiated and led by Chukwuma Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna on Jan 15 1966.

      Those officers and gentlemen killed a pregnant woman in cold blood. They killed political leaders from all regions except the Eastern Region. The basic reason for the coup was to stop the subversion of a system which had enabled the Igbo to achieved dominance or at least prominence all over Nigeria at that time.

      The pogroms that claimed Mr Onwuamaegbu and many others would likely not have happened if there had been no coup on Jan 15 1966.

      The Biafra Civil War would likely not have happened either.

      The Igbo achieved dominance in Nigeria by weaponizing Christianity and Westernization and becoming handmaidens to British colonialism.

      The other tribes figured out what was happening and started resisting this Igbo dominance. Such resistance manifested in such CORRUPT acts as Awo carpet crossing and periodic pre-independence pogroms against the Igbo in the North.

      In order to preserve Igbo dominance, Nzeogwu & Ifeajuna launched the first fight against corruption. The rest is history being assiduously copied by the dominant tribes AND CLASSES of today. Yes, notice that no upper class or Christian Igbo supports Biafra or even autonomy or restructuring.

      Try and tell your stories from the beginning. Try to be fair. There are no innocents in the Nigeria Crisis.

      • Tony Ezeifedi

        “Weaponising” Christianity, what does that mean? Aguiyi Ironsi only changed the nomenclature of the regions to Group of provinces. The federal structure remained in tact. Their revenue base was not tampered with. If there was power struggle in the military, why should it be extended to the civilian population in form of a pogrom. And if the North did not like unitary govt which they gave as one of reasons for a counter coup, why did they not revert to the old system? Mind you, since after the war, killings have not stopped, especially, of Igbos and looting of their shops at every slightest provocation.They are too many to be mentioned here: Beheading of Gedeon Akaluka, Maitasine riots, Kaduna riots, multiple riots in Kano, etc.

  • Dalton

    My Benue people we have to rise and defend our selves we don’t have Government, the Fulani leader that is busy reappointing Amaechi to be his campaign DG he don’t have our time. Since in session of his tenure he haven’t call his brother’s the Fulani’s in order, don’t worry God is watching, we shall see 2019. My Benue people rise up let us vote out this Fulani man.

    • Tony Ezeifedi

      What of Paul Unongo, the defender of Northern unity,? Will he fight on your side?

  • James Edward

    They say those who sup with the devil must use long spoon. Ortom, and unfortunately his innocent Benue people are reaping the fruit of their voting buhari. Ortom is a confirmed imbecile and fulani slave. He did the same thing he is doing now after the slaughter at Agatu and other communities. He will do the same thing after another slaughter. Tell me is this Ortom not brainless? Cant imagine a Gov with full human reasoning behaving like this slave. Pathetic.

    • Mr Fagan

      I disagree. The governor’s tears don’t point to his cluelessness. The guy had the guts to put in place a legal framework which he hoped will provide a lasting solution to the problem of itinerant pastoralists: the anti-open grazing law. He has challenged anybody to bring forward a better solution. Can he, as a responsible leader, order the security outfits to shoot on sight nomadic herdsmen unwilling to settle down to ranching? Should he also ressort to blood-letting as the only solution? That’s precisely what the other people are hoping he’ll do: instigate and arm a local militia that will unleash mayhem. Then the Federal Government will send in troops, some of whom will be ambushed. There will be a second Zaki-Biam and you’ll be among those choking with laughter.

  • Abubakar Bello

    Crocodile Tears, Where is the Anti Fulani Grazing Law. You its a Solution, Have you not directed your People to catch the Cows and the Owners? Continue. This is your year if Crying.
    If the Federal Government is standing by as each state is creating Anti grazing Laws, then they should prepare for the Consequences.

    • Mr Fagan

      Thank you for being so honest. Mayhem is on the way. There will be blood-letting all over the place. When a peaceful solution is not possible, let’s go for the AK 47. There shouldn’t be any intervention from federal troops, no second Zaki-Biam. Let the people arm themselves and sort it out with nomadic herdsmen.

    • Mr. Wilson

      It’s time people who think like you have their own country. You are not fit to live amongst humans.

      In 2018, cows should freely roam the streets? No wonder this country is backward.

      No group has monopoly of violence, the winner will be the one with the education to create the ak47s and nuclear bombs, and not the one with the population and hands behind the guns.

      Another solution to this nonsense is for people to stop buying livestock from herdsmen. Instead buy from grocery stores, and make sure they only buy from ranches.

      • Abubakar Bello

        If the Humans are like you who can ban the way of Life of an entire race, then May we have our own country.

        Mind you, We were once the Sokoto Caliphate and we were doing very well until the Coming of your Colonial Masters and Slave Traders.

        No one can ban the Fulanis from grazing any Land in this Country.The Consequences that shall follow is enough a message to any group that thinks otherwise.

        The rest is History.

        • Ekun

          Guy go to school. The crust of the matter is protein, meat. You are killing ppl so you can sell meat. Is willing to kill more and any who ban the herdsmen.
          Guy you killing for the right to sell meat. C’mon. Go to school. Look at science, agriculture science learn ranching.
          You tribe, your ppl, your culture is shit everyday and all day.

  • peace

    Human live is of zero value in this part of the world. A country where the already understaffed , unprofessional and ill equipped police force are mainly at the service and in the convoy of useless politicians, many guarding and escorting whomever, of whatever source of income that can pay them and hand over crumbs to a hoard of ” anything for the boys ” , with the rest lining up various roads harassing and extorting peanuts from drivers. Attack was going on, those with cell phone were calling police line but nobody showed up until almost the next day when the whole community have trekked for kilometres, crossing over to other towns. The only country in the world that is not at war but is reeling out figures of massacre in hundreds almost on weekly basis. Herdsmen, kidnappers, cultists, armed robbers are all a new normal and the government of the day will still be boasting of an improved security situation in its broadcast of lies to the nation. Please people, do whatever is possible to defend yourself and your land.

  • OJAY

    Pls Gov Otorm arm this open grazing guards with arms allowable to be wielded by vigilante groups. I know that the herdsmen are illegally wielding AK 47 & 49 but you can arm the guards with sophisticated pump actions. If they were so armed the fatality resulting in deads wouldn’t have been much.
    This marauders weild arms illegally & yet a Gov is afraid of arming his guard legally. Gov, you’ll soon shed tears of blood. In Nigeria today force must be matched with force, this is the jungle we live in.

  • Daniel Obior

    Since Buhari and his government have refused to check the excesses of these murderous Fulani herdsmen, communities should seek self help and defend themselves. They have no choice, unless they want to continue to die in this senseless manner. The other action available is for those affected areas to massively mobilise to vote out Buhari in favour of whoever else may give them protection. In the meantime, Buhari should be aware that by his inaction, his hands are drenched by the blood of the innocent souls that have been slaughtered by his herdsmen. After all he was the president of the herdsmen.

    • OJAY

      Remember during his campaign he stated that if he doesn’t win the bloods of monkeys & baboons will flow. Even now that he has won some governors are working against him making things difficult for his tribesmen to freely roam the country as if they own everywhere destroying other peoples means of livelihhod, consequently, the bloods of the monkeys & baboons are flowing. The slave master is inadvertently asking his foot soldiers to take away anything standing on their to practicing their free range animal husbandry.

    • Grelia O

      This is one important dimension of the call for restructuring that is not talked about enough. Devolution of power will effectively reside the security of federating units in the hands of those local units.

      Buhari did not hesitate to deploy the military to the SE and SS in one operation or the other against freedom fighters and agitators of resource control both of which are guaranteed by the Constitution. Contrast that with his reaction to the ongoing campaign of cold-blood-letting by the herdsmen.

      The urgency and importance of devolution of power cannot be overstressed. Buhari’s nonchalance to this butchery and his targeted clampdown on agitators in parts of the nation are warning signs. They are the reasons the noise for restructuring should intensify and put to action. The extent of govt double standard is too glaring for inaction.

    • Razor

      Buhari’s fulani controlled army and police are backing the herdsmen, that is why these savages kill with impunity. Who knows most of the killers might even be military men. That said, it’s quite shameful that one part of the south always fail to speak against these savage killings perpetrated by the so-called fulani herdsmen.

  • josvinco

    Ortom , weep not , tell your people to stand on guard ….. to every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction ….

    • OJAY

      They’re accomplices to the herdsmen’s action that’s why they’re not taking action. Who told that the IG doesn’t know what to do? The northern cabal have an agenda to unleash mayhem on other societies that disagree with their ways of lives even if it hurts them, that is Gov Ortorm’s people are paying the price.