Herdsmen killing: Ortom rejects cattle colonies, supports military option

IGP Police Ibrahim Idris

IGP Police Ibrahim Idris

The clashes happened between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in communities in the state.

President Buhari, who had previously condemned the attacks has now directed the IGP to relocate to the north central state to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

"The Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble maker (s), any group (s) or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis".

The closed-door meeting, which lasted for about five hours, was attended by the governors of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Niger and Taraba states, and heads of security agencies.

"The full weight of the law will be applied to anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the state", Moshood said.

Asked what assurance he had received from both parties at the meeting, he said more security personnel, equipment and logistics had been deployed to the state.

Former army intelligence officer, Colonel Tony Nyiam, Rtd. has flayed the Federal Government's refusal to send soldiers after the Fulani herdsmen involved in the Benue killings as an act of double standard.

"As you can see all the Governors of the states where we have the most challenging security problem are here".

In a statement, the Nigerian leader said he was prepared to permit every possible step that can lead to the stoppage of the killings.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbeh said Monday that 16 Governors have donated acres of land for cattle colonies to douse the tension between herdsmen and farmers.

However, the presidency on Tuesday insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari does not have a hand in the killings.

He said although he had briefed the president on the telephone immediately the incident took place, he felt there was the need for him to meet Buhari personally after he had succeeded in restoring normalcy to a level.

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