The Benue state government has called for the arrest of the leaders of a herders association called Kautal Hore, over a series of death threat his people have been getting from the said group for months.
Governor Samuel Ortom made the call on Firday while speaking with a delegation of All Progressive Congress (APC) governors who visited him in Makurdi on Friday.
Governor Samuel Ortom also told the APC governors that all is still not well in the state despite assurances from the federal authorities about boosting security.
“We thank God that peace is gradually returning to the state but there are still pockets of challenges here, we know the challenges will soon be over because our people are always alert to give useful information to security operatives around,” he said.
He alleged continued threats by herders to unleash more terror on the people.
”Let me tell you that our people are still living in fear and under siege; living in fear because of the series of threat by Kautal Hore which started the threat since seven months ago, they are not mere threats,” Ortom said.
“We have evidence against them, what we are saying is that federal government should arrest the leadership of Kautal Hore.”
The delegation which was led by Governor Shetima Kashim of Borno State also comprised Simon Lalong (Plateau), Mallam El Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) , Mohamad Abubakar (Jigawa) and Osun State deputy governor Titilayo Tomori.
Governor Kashim commiserated with the government and people of the state over the recent killings but warned against attempts by “some political dinosaur from Abuja or any part of the country to cause unnecessary issues.”
Meanwhile,Police Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris yesterday removed Mr. Bashir Makama as the Benue State Police Commissioner.
The immediate past Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr.Fatai Owoseni was named as Makama’s successor.