The Benue State Governor, Samuel Orton on Tuesday received the assurances of federal security might to help him tackle the challenges caused by persistent herdsmen’s attacks on villages and farmers in the state.
He announced this to State House correspondents after he met behind closed doors with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, at the Presidential Villa.
The governor disclosed that following intense negotiations and security operations, calm was already returning to affected communities as the farmers and herdsmen had increased cooperation among themselves.
Ortom stressed that he was at the Villa to brief the Acting President on the security situation in the state, noting that “the security apparatus is owned by the federal government and the presidency has been very supportive in ensuring that we have peace.
“In fact, the security personnel are at the disposal of the Benue State government any time we make request, whether the police, DSS, civil defence; they are ready to augment what we have on ground that alone is positive result,” he said.
He added that “we are on top of the situation and things are calming down, the herdsmen and the farmers are now cooperating.
“The understanding is that no one should encroach into anyone’s farm whether for cattle breeding or farming activities. Like we keep saying in Benue state, almost all the land is for cultivation.
“So, it’s difficult to talk about grazing. And the herdsmen too are showing understanding with us in this regard.
“We’ll soon sign the Anti-open Grazing Bill into law and we look forward that we’ll receive the same cooperation from farmers and herdsmen so that let’s live together as brothers and sisters. We can do it,” he said.
Source: The AuthorityThe Authority