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Ortom exposes Miyetti Allah’s plan to sponsor protests, media campaign

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BENUE State governor, Samuel Ortom, has alerted Nigerians about a plan orchestrated by Miyetti Allah group, in collaboration with some opposition elements in the state, to sponsor protests and a sustained media campaign against him and his government.

Ortom, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Terver Akase, and made available to newsmen in Makurdi yesterday, said the media campaigns would be churned out ceaselessly against his administration.

Miyetti Allah’s grouse, according to the statement, is Ortom’s dogged stand against open grazing of animals in the state, his call for the declaration of armed herdsmen as terrorists, and his administration’s opposition to Fulani Vigilante.

The governor’s spokesman also said the Fulani socio-.cultural groups, who are currently working with some members of the opposition in the state, have initiated the anti-Ortom campaign, which is to be sustained between now and the end of 2022.

“The planned media publications are targeted at painting the present administration in the state as failure, a lie that is to be forced on Benue people in the next two and a half years. The coordinated smear campaign has already begun as seen in a section of the media.

“On the other hand, the sponsored protests by some youth groups are intended to create chaos, tension and fear among the populace and possibly trigger violent clashes capable of leading to loss of lives. It is obvious that the herdsmen are not tired of bloodletting in Benue State.

“For Governor Ortom, who had previously come under series of threats even to his life from armed herdsmen and their conspirators, the latest plot by these enemies of Benue State is not unfamiliar terrain. It is the same desperation those who have sworn to make Benue ungovernable displayed before and during the 2019 elections that is beginning to rear its head again.

“Governor Ortom will not be intimidated or distracted by the antics of armed Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors. No amount of falsehood in the media or any other platform can change the Governor’s commitment to selfless service to Benue people. Miyetti Allah and their conspirators are hereby told for the umpteenth time, that Benue State will not repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law to pave way for Fulani herdsmen to take over the people’s ancestral lands for cattle grazing. The Law has not only come to stay; it is fully being enforced.

“The Ranching Law has been well accepted by the people of Benue State and no intimidation or arm-twisting tactics from the named groups can change it. Governor Ortom urges security forces once again to check activities of Miyetti Allah groups who have sworn on several occasions to foist violence on Benue, and bring their members to justice for their crimes against the people of the state,” Akase said.

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