The Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom yesterday advised citizens of the state to exploit all legal means to defend themselves against attacks by the notorious Fulani Herdsmen; adding that the Inspector General of Police who was supposed to maintain order and security of the citizens is ‘playing politics’ with the issue.
The governor said this on a phone-in radio program in Makurdi the state capital; following reports that Police Spokesman Jimoh Moshood referred to the governor as a ‘drowning man’ when speaking on a television program earlier in the day.
Governor Ortom added that his farm house was also attacked by the rampaging herdsmen on Monday, but he is yet to assess the extent of damage done.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari while speaking in Lafia, Nassarawa state yesterday advised against reprisals for the assaults inflicted by the herdsmen on several communities in recent weeks.
While speaking on the said radio program, commenting on a report that the police arrested members of the Livestock Guard, labeling the group a militia group, the governor said the actions by the police were distractions from the main issue and that they are political moves by the IGP.
He accused the IGP of also being the spokesperson for the Miyetti Allah group and that he should resign as police chief to face the job full-time.
He added that the Livestock Guard are being framed and persecuted by the IGP, and even his own life has been threatened and he has been subject to intimidation, but that he is firm and strong because he trusts in God.