Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has raised awareness that his safety was no longer assured in his state as herdsmen were reportedly trailing to kidnap and kill him.
The governor disclosed this on Friday in a conversation with Church leadership, the Traditional Institution and other Stakeholders in the state on Friday.
The key point of the chat was how to realise a peaceful 2019 elections, organized by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.
Ortom raised concern that some natives were in tandem working with those he described as enemies of the state, following the enactment of the grazing law in the state.
According to him, “The armed herdsmen, according to the intelligence report, would ensure that all my security aides were killed after which they would Kidnap me, torture me before killing me. Already, l had reported the matter to the police and other security agencies and they are aware of this.
“Therefore anytime l sleep and wake up and my spirit doesn’t allow me to travel by road, I would call flight operators but just a few days ago, the federal government issued a secular directing that no flight should land in Makurdi airport again.”
The comments of the governor were amidst emotions as he also asked federal government to ensure peaceful co-existence now and ensure a hitch-free 2019 elections.
According to him, ”The killings across Nigeria is a deliberate attempt by some people either Boko Haram, armed bandits or herdsmen working for the same purpose to disenfranchise large proportion of Nigerians from voting for the leaders of their choice.
“Amnesty international had come out to disclose that over 19,000 people have lost their lives in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Plateau states to herdsmen attacks and this does not speak well of Nigeria nation especially as we are heading towards 2019.”
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