Benue state government threatens herdsmen vigilante group with jail

The government of Benue State under the leadership of Governor Samuel Ortom has vowed to jail any herdsmen that form vigilante group in the state.

His reaction can be linked to a state made in July by the Mihetti Allah Kautal Hore that revealed their plan of creating a herdsmen vigilante group across the country to protect her members.

Speaking on Thursday through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the governor said Benue State does not need a vigilante group from Miyetti Allah.

“No Fulani group will come to Benue state where I am the governor. You people know that it is a lie; they cannot come,” the governor said.

“No room for them to establish vigilante group in whatever kind. When I confronted them, they said they would not use the vigilante group of Nigeria. That one will not operate here.

“We have our own vigilante that operates here; we have community policing in which we are recruiting now and livestock guard that takes care of herdsmen in active support with security men.

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“So, no single vigilante group of Miyetti Allah will come to Benue state to make any noise here. For us in Benue state, we believe in the rule of law and we will jail them.”

On a similar tone, a statement accredited to the governor earlier this month also suggest “responsible” citizens of the country to be licensed to own sophisticated weapons like AK47.

This he viewed will aid the citizens to defend themselves from bandits and kidnappers raiding the country.

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