<<< By Terver Akase >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has described militia herdsmen attacks on Benue State as an extension of the terrorism perpetrated by Boko Haram.
Governor Ortom stated this earlier today in a live interview with British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC World Service.
He said the manner in which the armed men invade communities of the state and slaughter innocent people is not different from the mindless acts of Boko Haram in the Noth Eastern part of the country.
“They come with sophisticated weapons and kill people, matchet them and chase them away”, he narrated.
Governor Ortom said equally disturbing in the pattern of attacks by the armed militia is their trademark of occupying communities after killing and sacking the inhabitants.
“In some cases, they do not have the herds. They just come with their weapons, kill and chase the people out and take over the land and that is the worrisome part of it”, the Governor stressed.
He condemned recent attacks by the armed men on Gwer West Local Government Area of the state which left many people dead and property worth millions destroyed.
Governor Ortom said the trend of attacks on Benue is beyond mere grazing of livestock, arguing that if the invaders were only interested in grazing, the massive destruction of lives and property would not have been their priority.
The Governor emphasized the need for greater security presence in parts of the state known to be flashpoints in order to avoid further loss of lives and worsening humanitarian crisis with over 170,000 internally displaced persons in various camps across the state.