Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has revealed that no fewer than 50 security operatives have been killed in the state between January and August 2018.
The governor made the disclosure during the burial of late David Upuu, the elder brother of the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Internal Affairs, Mr. Boniface Nyaakor.
Ortom stated that attacks on Benue communities by militia had only subsided due to the presence of Operation Whirl Stroke, adding that some security agents were killed recently by the herdsmen.
The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Terver Akase, in a statement quoted the governor as saying:
“Those plotting evil against this administration would always come behind, because l know that prayers from the church had helped in saving democracy from its enemies in the state.
“From January to August 2018, close to 50 security operatives had fallen prey to activities of militia herdsmen,” Akase said.
Also, Ortom during event was organized by the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Makurdi, admonished the citizens of the state to obtain their Permanent Voter’s Cards so as to protect themselves from further attacks by herdsmen.
The governor said: “I acknowledged the complementary role of the church in securing the land through prayers during the external aggression that characterized the enactment and implementation of the Benue’s Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law,” Ortom said.
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