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GOV ORTOM: Border closure will stem menace of killer herdsmen

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BENUE YOUTHS TO ORTOM: Give account of your stewardship, stop blaming Buhari

The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has backed the move by the Federal Government to shut Nigerian borders to check crime.

Ortom who gave a thumbs up to the decision by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, said that keeping the land borders shut will prevent the influx of foreign herders.

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The state governor who spoke on Monday in Makurdi during his visit to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Apir, to see a woman, Mrs Grace Zeku, whose arm was recently amputated by suspected herders at her farm in Gboogyo village of Guma Local Government Area of the state, also added that it was wrong to allow herders from other countries such as Mali, Niger and Chad to come into Nigeria and commit atrocities and then go away freely.

He said; “No country can accept this. How can people come from other countries and commit these acts? They should be checked,” he said.

He also said it had become imperative to take stock of herders in the country, especially in Benue so as to stem the tide of attacks on citizens.

Ortom, however, said the attack on the hospitalised woman was an isolated case, adding, that efforts will be made through the state security council to beef up security in all parts of the state against any criminal intrusion.

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