Or­tom Replies IG: You’re Ac­com­plice to Benue At­tack­ers

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Benue State Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom has said that the state­ments cred­ited to the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Ibrahim Idris as hav­ing blamed the re­cent killings in the state by sus­pected herds­men on the Open Graz­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion and Ranches Es­tab­lish­ment Law of the state was shame­ful.

In a state­ment by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Terver Akase, the gov­er­nor, yes­ter­day posited that, “We thought that the IGP was mis­quoted and ex­pected the po­lice au­thor­i­ties to is­sue a re­but­tal to the re­ports hence our de­lay in re­spond­ing swiftly.

Con­se­quently, we have to re­spond to the er­ro­neous im­pres­sion which the re­ports have cre­ated.

“In­deed it was these un­re­lent­ing spate of at­tacks that prompted the peo­ple of the state to seek a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to the in­ces­sant clashes be­tween farm­ers and herders hence the law for the es­tab­lish­ment of ranches as the best method of an­i­mal hus­bandry across the globe,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the law which has con­sti­tu­tional back­ing fol­lowed due process with the req­ui­site pub­lic hear­ings and in­puts from var­i­ous stake­hold­ers adding that the po­lice au­thor­i­ties had am­ple op­por­tu­nity to also make in­put while the process was on­go­ing. He said the po­lice how­ever failed to do so.

“The un­for­tu­nate claim by the IGP in­di­cates that some of those sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­tect­ing lives and prop­erty as well as main­tain­ing law and or­der have ab­di­cated their duty and be­come ac­com­plices with those un­der­min­ing the very ex­is­tence of the coun­try. This is shame­ful,” Or­tom said.

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