Saturday, July 24, 2021

Gov. Ortom denies sponsoring attacks on cattle breeders in Nasarawa

Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has denied the report making round that he sponsored attacks on cattle breeders in Nasarawa State with two military aircraft.

It was learnt that one of the National dailys on Tuesday reported that some leaders of the cattle breeders in Nasarawa had accused the governor of sponsoring attacks on them, killing 1,000 cows in Kean and Doma Local Government of the State.

The Benue State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Ngunan Addingi, in a statement described the report as “another propaganda crafted by armed Fulani herders to sustain their war of attrition and hatred against Governor Ortom whom they have made their number one enemy”.

Addingi disclosed that the allegations were also targeted at causing hatred between Ortom and his Nasarawa counterpart, Engr Abdullahi Sule.

The statement read in part, “the military was only performing its duty of flushing out terrorists who wield AK47 and occupy the forests from where they launch attacks on innocent people.

“In the aerial surveillance carried out in border communities of Benue and Nasarawa States by Operation Whirl Stroke, no human life was lost and no cow was killed.”

It added that the Governor would not be distracted by such allegation.

Addingi in the statement stressed that the State government would continue to support security agencies for protection of lives and property of citizens.

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