Tearful Ortom, Reps Call For State Of Emergency Over Insecurity

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Governor Samuel Ortom

A tearful Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State has called on the  Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency over the rising insecurity across the country.

Ortom’s call came against the backdrop of killing of no fewer than seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in an attack on the Abagena IDPs camp located on the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, in the early hours of Tuesday by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen.

The governor lamented that in the last two weeks, over 70 persons had been killed in Makurdi, Guma and Gwer West Local Government Areas, LGAs, while various communities across Benue were suffering from same herdsmen attack.

Ortom, who called on Buhari to live up to his responsibility of protecting Nigerians, said the FG failed to seriously tackle activities of the herders from the onset.

Similarly, the House of Representatives after a three-hour executive session on Tuesday unanimously adopted a series of resolutions, one of which was a call for the president to declare a state of emergency on security.

Reading the resolutions, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, condemned the attacks on security personnel and formations around the country and sympathised with families of those killed.

“The President should immediately declare emergency on security sector,” Gbajabiamila said.

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