Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, said the devastation in eight communities in Agatu Local Government Area orchestrated by suspected Fulani herdsmen outweighs Boko Haram’s devastation in the North-East.
Ortom, who said he has visited some of the areas attacked by insurgents in the North-East, solicited for assistance from the federal government, global agencies, organisations and individuals to rehabilitate destroyed communities in Agatu and other parts of the state.
He also requested for the federal government’s support to institute a commission of inquiry to examine the causes of the attacks, document the losses and recommend solutions.
Governor Ortom made the request while speaking with journalists in Okoklo, Agatu Local Government Area after the state executive and security councils’ inspected some communities destroyed by herdsmen during the recent attack.
The governor requested the federal government and people of goodwill across the world to assist the Benue State Government so as to enable ravaged communities recover and get their lives together again.
According to him, farming and grazing were incompatible, hence the imperative to establish ranches as a permanent solution to the incessant clashes between farmers and herders.
He announced that the state government would construct the road from Obagaji to Agagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area, while the road from Oshigbudu to Obagaji would be completed in order to enhance accessibility to the area.
The governor stated that with the inspection, the councils would take steps to secure the area so that the people can return to their homes.
He addressed the affected communities at Aila, Okoklo and those displaced at Obagaji.
Those who spoke including the Agatu Caretaker Chairman, Joseph Ngbede, traditional rulers of Agatu and Apa, Chiefs Godwin Onah and John Antenyi, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leader in the area, John Ngbede, Special Adviser, Alhaji Isah Usman, Assembly member. Alhaji Sale Audu, and former council Chairman, Mike Inalegwu, commended Governor Ortom for his efforts in restoring peace in the area.
They also lauded the resumption of work on the Oshigbudu-Obagaji road, even as they requested for the establishment of an army barracks in Agatu, as well as the provision of additional security and relief materials including farm inputs.

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