Middle belt leaders in closed door meeting over herdsmen attacks, agitations

Middle belt leaders in closed door meeting over herdsmen attacks, agitations

- Prominent middle belt leaders hold meeting to discuss agitations by several ethnic groups in the country

- The meeting is chaired by Prof Jerry Gana, a former minister of Information

- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue insists his administration followed due process in the passage of the anti-open grazing prohibition bill which was recently signed into law

Following incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the middle belt, some prominent leaders from the region are currently in a closed door meeting in Abuja over the issue.

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The meeting which is being chaired by Prof Jerry Gana, a former minister of Information, would also discuss the agitations by several ethnic groups in the country, The Punch reports.

In a related development, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has continued with sleepless nights over the best way to resolve the burning issue of Fulani herdsmen attacks in his state.

This time, against accusations, Ortom insisted that his administration followed due process in the passage of the anti-open grazing prohibition bill which was recently signed into law.

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Speaking through his senior special assistant on media, Mr Godwin Akor, in Makurdi, the state’s capital, Governor Ortom warned those who are not satisfied with the new law to head to the court.

He warned against violence from those who think otherwise about the new law.

NAIJ.com learnt that the governor also commended the Catholic Church for supporting his administration on issues relating to security.

The law provided the opportunity for herdsmen operate ranching. Ortom warned those who plan not to obey it to leave the state in peace.

In the video below, NAIJ.com visits Southern Kaduna where residents tell how herdsmen prevented them from getting Red Cross relief materials.

Source: Naij.com

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