BENUE State Governor,
Samuel Ortom has debunked
speculations that Agatu
people of Benue state were
the ones that recently killed
some herdsmen and 83 cows
in Nasarawa State.
The governor told newsmen
after a security meeting with
Agatu indigenes in Makurdi
yesterday, that the information
at his disposal showed that it
was the Agatu of Nasarawa
state that attacked some
herdsmen who had displaced
them from their villages,
stressing that over 10 Agatu
communities in Nasarawa
state bear the same name with
Agatu communities in Benue
Ortom said it was discovered
at the security meeting that
some Agatu youths tried to
offend the soldiers sent to the
area to secure their lives and
property after herdsmen had
invaded some communities
and warned that any of them
caught fomenting trouble
would be handed over to
security agents.
According to him, the
state government has been
working towards creating
conducive environment for
displaced persons to return
to their abodes, stressing that
Agatu youths cannot frustrate
that effort.
He advised youths from
Agatu and other parts of Benue
South Senatorial District,
to surrender their arms or
prepare to face the wrath of
the law and observed that kidnapping was becoming
rampant in that part of the
On when the meeting
between him and his
Nasarawa state counterpart,
Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura and
other stakeholders from both
states would hold, Ortom said
its date and time would be
disclosed after consultations.
The security meeting was to
enable the governor discuss
ways of restoring peace
and preventing any act that
would bring about hostilities
between them and herdsmen