Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called
on the Federal Government to rein in the foreign
herdsmen, entering Nigeria illegally to attack
Nigerians, especially farmers.
Ortom made the appeal when he visited one Mrs
Wanhena Cheku, a victim of herdsmen attack now
recuperating at the Federal Medical Centre at Apir in
Makurdi, NAN reports.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
Cheku’s left hand was cut off in an attack on her
farm at Mbagwem community in the Guma Local
Government Area of the state.
Benue State in North Central Nigeria, described as
Nigeria’s food basket, has seen repeated bloody
attacks on villagers in recent years by herdsmen.
Ortom said it was wrong for foreign herders to gain
free entry into the country and perpetrate atrocities
He said the Federal Government needed to close
the country’s borders to all foreign herders to
mitigate growing cases of attacks on citizens.
“It is wrong to allow herdsmen from Mali, Niger,
Chad, etc, to find their way into Nigeria to commit
atrocities and go back to their countries.
“Most countries in the world will not accept this,”
Ortom, who was accompanied to the hospital by his
wife, Eunice, regretted that Cheku was passing
through pains for no crime of hers.
He said, however, that security operatives were on
the trail of the herders, who attacked the woman.
“You can imagine the pains the attackers have put
this woman into.
“There have been cases of missing persons in the
state. If she had died in that jungle where she was
attacked nobody will be talking about her now,”
On the possible closure of IDPs camps in Benue,
Ortom said that most IDPs had returned to farming
because they would not continue to remain in the camps forever.
“This is an isolated case, most of our people have
gone back to farming and it is also an eye-opener.
We will meet the security chiefs to encourage the
officers to be more responsive,” he said.