Or­tom does not rear snakes — Com­mis­sioner

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Benue State Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources James An­bua said yes­ter­day that Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom does not rear snakes.

An­bua in re­ac­tion to a ru­mour that the gov­er­nor owned not only a snake farm but al­legedly im­ported the for­eign snakes re­cently in­ter­cepted by the Nige­rian Cus­toms, said no sin­gle snake farm ex­isted in the state.

“In Benue tra­di­tion and cul­ture, any­thing as­so­ci­ated with snake is evil so no­body would have the farm in the state. Or­tom does not rear snakes. What he rears are snails, grass cut­ters, cat­tle of dif­fer­ent species, among other do­mes­tic an­i­mals,” he said.

The com­mis­sioner who won­dered how the ru­mour em­anated and cir­cu­lated on the so­cial me­dia added that he had read about peo­ple own­ing snakes farm but he had never seen one.

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