Group Berates Ortom for Allegedly Arming Civilian JTF


Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

A group, the Foundation for Truth and Justice, has condemned Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, for allegedly arming militias following the recent attacks carried out by Fulani herdsmen.

It said that several persons operating as Civilian JTF in Benue states arrested by the military have confessed that they are answerable to the governor and some of his senior officials.

The Coordinator of the group, Martins Nwaiwu, at a press conference yesterday in Abuja stressed that the existence of the Civilian JTF has worsened the mutual suspicion between farmers and herders.

Nwaiwu stated: “Nigerians need to know all the truth about the role of the Benue State Governor in the Herdsmen/ Farmers’ crisis in the State. What we found out has been corroborated by the confessions of the members of the (Benue State) Civilian JTF on national television.

“Members of the Civilian JTF received weapons from the state governor Governor Ortom and his aides replenish ammunitions for these firearms whenever they are depleted “Members of the Civilian JTF had no prior training in the use of firearms but have been promised training by the state government. While members operate under the name Civilian JTF their actual modus operandi is that of an ethnic militia,” he noted.

The group also demanded that the federal government orders a full investigation into the activities of Benue State Sponsored Civillian Joint Task Force (CJTF) identified to be in the middle of recent crisis between herdsmen and Farmers in Benue State.

“Furthrmore, in the face of this mutual suspicion and considering the sanctity of lives of the citizens of the State, we are calling for deployment of the military to the affected communities to maintain law and order.

“We also demand that a state of emergency be immediately declared in Benue State and any other states where crisis between herders and farmers may break out in the nearest future so as to forestall any further deterioration of the crisis anywhere in the country.

  • AyoJon

    Mr Martins, you better tell us your real name

  • Mr Fagan

    What else do you expect them to do, Mr Nwaiwu and your so-called Foundation for Truth and Justice? They should keep running until there’s no place to run to? The truth is that the people are being massacred year in year out. Where is the justice. If no government can protect them, they’ve got their God-given right to self-defence. Let them them defend themselves. Unless Buhari is kicked out through the ballot box and a pan-nigerian minded person gets elected, there’s going to be very serious trouble in the Niger-Benue trough.

    • Olusola Olusina Micheal

      can you pls mention just one name of a group or person that you think is that pan nigerian…my friend there is not going to be anything of such cos our proffessional politicians are too selfish and myopic.

  • Iskacountryman

    a state of emergency?…genius…that is like working from the answer…all these second class northerners will know their rank…

    • Mr Fagan

      The script is written. Second class citizens are being butchered. Second class citizens decide to say enough is enough. They rise up to prove their worth. Mayhem is unleashed. Things fall apart. The centre cannot hold. Boko Haram is a small joke compared to what will happen. Thus spoke Zarathustra.

      • Iskacountryman

        please if you do not feel safe…migrate to bendel state…

    • Joe Adugu

      I resist all entreaties at dignifying imbeciles like you, however I am constrained to respond to your comment today. You know I detest vehemently being addressed as a northerner? I dont wish any one to identify me with dirty pigs like northerners. People that resists all forms of modernity, they are dirty looking all the times and live only in dirty environments. You are here calling people second class northerners. Who want to be a northerner in the first place? What is good about the north – is it terrorism, homosexuality etc?

      • Iskacountryman

        okay…i apologise…you are not a northerner…leave our land…