John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday gave a one week deadline for the arrest of those behind the recent clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Tarka and Buruku local government areas.
He gave the directive at a meeting he held with the two groups and traditional areas from the affected places.
Governor Ortom also ordered the traditional rulers from the affected district in Tarka to produce suspected killers of a herdsman and urge the police to arrest a Fulani herdsmen from Awe local government in Nasarawa State who attacked and killed a farmer, and all those involved in the dastardly act.
He in the same way ordered for the arrest of the native doctors who claimed to have fortified the suspects saying he would sanction the royal fathers if they failed to produce the suspects.
Governor Ortom directed his Security Adviser, the police, council chairmen, and traditional rulers from the areas to facilitate the return of peace and normalcy while ensuring that the trouble makers were brought to book.
He urged the two groups to expose criminals among them so that they could be arrested and clashes forestalled.
“Peace and security are cardinal to the execution of our development agenda for the state, therefore it is my priority to secure the state, for the development to take place,” he noted.
The Governor disclosed that he would present a memorandum to the President on the establishment of ranches which he said remained a permanent solution to the perennial clashes.
Caretaker Chairmen of Buruku Local Government area, Mr. Godwin Iorsue and his Tarka Counterpart Mrs. Phoebe Dajoh while giving account of what had happened in their areas, attributed cause of most of the crises to those bent on taking laws into their hands without minding the consequences.
Present at the meeting were stakeholders in the affected areas, Chairman Civilian Joint Task Force and the representative of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria Benue State Chapter.