Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has pledged to intensify effort to resolve the protracted crisis between farmers in the state and Fulani herdsmen.
The governor made the disclosure yesterday during a courtesy call on him by the leadership of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria at the Banquet Hall of Benue Peoples House, in Makurdi, the state capital.
Though he said he was affected by the crisis, which led to loss of relations, Ortom said he declined to procure and supply arms to Benue people to fight on his behalf and other farmers who also incurred heavy loss in the crises since dialogue is the ultimate solution.
According to the governor, ranches remained the best option in tackling the challenge posed by the crises even though he said he is a long-term measure.
The governor disclosed that he has identified criminal elements within the two warring parties who fuel the crisis, adding he had met with the Inspector General of Police, IGP to assist to fish out the culprits.
He said after separate meetings with the Tiv and the Idoma Traditional councils, he would convene a meeting with cattle breeders to further deliberate on the matter.
Earlier, the representative of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Bala Usman called on the governor to reconstitute a powerful committee to fashion out innovations and strategies to curb the farmers/herders menace which has been compounded by activities of criminals.
He pledged the support of the Fulanis to the state government and said he would appreciate every efforts made to arrive at an amicable solution to the conflict.

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