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 Affirming his remarks earlier that
after discovering there is a sign of violence that has the potential of brewing
in the way it has escalted now, when  showing early warning signs, governor Samuel Ortom is said to
have presented senate committee on police Affairs more evidences leading to steps taken as early warning signs indicates, sources has told urban express-news online

The Governor also, accused
the inspector General of police, Ibrahim Idris of taking sides in the handling
of the clashes between herdsmen and farmers
Ortom, who spoke at a meeting with
the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, presented copies of letters he wrote
notifying Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and security agencies of imminent
attacks by armed herdsmen in the state.
He told the committee which was
investigating the Benue killings that the IGP had no business in determining
whether the anti-open grazing law the state enacted was good or bad.
A source said: “Ortom also presented
copies of the letters he wrote to security agencies alerting them to the
pending attacks.” The attacks, which were eventually launched on January 1, 2018,
claimed over 73 lives in two communities of Logo and Guma.
The IGP had, at a meeting with the
committee on his level of compliance with the resolution to apprehend the
perpetrators of the attacks, blamed the implementation of the anti-open grazing
law for the attacks by herdsmen.
The police boss also accused Ortom
of making inflammatory statements that further incited violence. Idris said
that by publicly displaying the bodies of the victims of the attacks, the
governor provoked mayhem and reprisal attacks. The IGP accused Ortom of arming
Tiv militia and encouraging proliferation of prohibited small arms and
Ortom, who appeared before the
committee yesterday, declared a vote of no confidence in Idris, whom he accused
of taking sides in the crisis.
The source said: “The governor
presented copies of the letter to the vice president, and to security agencies.
He also told the committee that he personally met with the president after he
returned to brief him on the impending threat.”
The governor’s position is that
there is complicity against Benue State in high places, particularly when
considering the fact that no action was taken to avert the attacks, and
comments credited to the IGP and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali.
“In the first place, the IG has no
business pronouncing a law as good or bad, his job is to implement the law. He
said it was a communal crisis. But policemen are also being killed by the
herders, did the policemen and civil defense personnel who were murdered have
communal issues with the herders? He has taken sides, his men are being killed
and he is not saying anything,” the source quoted Ortom as telling the
The governor said he had no
confidence in the IG’s ability to provide security. “He stayed in Benue for
just one day contrary to the orders given to him by the President to relocate
to the state.”
Ortom chronicled the developments
that led to the enactment of the law, particularly the Agatu killings which
claimed hundreds of lives.
“The latest crises have left the
state with about 160,000 refugees in nine camps, and several communities are
still occupied by armed herdsmen. These are the things he made clear to the
committee,” the source said.
The Senate had rejected the report
submitted by the committee and insisted that it must get the perspective of
Governor Ortom.
The Chairman of the panel, Abu
Ibrahim noted, in his opening address, that the invitation of Ortom to address
the committee became necessary in order to get his perspective on the
submission of the IGP to the lawmakers.

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