There Is No Point Politicising These Killings, Says Ortom

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The presidential directive followed the unabated killing of indigenes, especially farmers, by Fulani herdsmen.

On Monday, President Buhari ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to move into the state and stop the escalation of the crisis.

Speaking with Reuters, the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Terve Akase, attributed 71 deaths from December 31 to January 6 to killings by the Fulani.

"The full weight of the law will be applied to anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the state", Moshood said. Abdulrahman Dambazau, in Abuja on Monday. "Who is now safe?", Ortom asked.

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Addressing newsmen after the meeting, Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue said there was now synergy among the security agencies, the federal and state governments to combat the challenge. The security men should apprehend perpetrators and prosecute them.

A conflict between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers in Nigeria's Benue state has left 83 people dead over the course of one week, a government spokesman told Reuters.

In a statement, the Nigerian leader said he was prepared to permit every possible step that can lead to the stoppage of the killings.

"As you can see all the Governors of the states where we have the most challenging security problem are here".

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Ayo Adebanjo, chieftain of the Yoruba socio-political organization Afenifere, also slammed Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for his "inaction" on the issue.

The governor also said Buhari had been carrying out some investigations to know the next line of action to take on the situation.

Reacting to this, Ortom said Benue already had a law that provided for ranching, but that the government was willing to amend it to accommodate the proposed cattle colonies if the minister was able to "convince us that they are better than ranching".

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