Extend border closure to herdsmen –Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday  called on  the   Federal Government to close  the  land borders to prevent the influx of foreign herdsmen into the country.

The FG  has  since closed  the country’s borders to all movement of goods  as part of an effort to  stop  smuggling, and Ortom  says foreign herdsmen should also be stopped at the borders.

The governor  made the call  in Makurdi during a visit to  the General Hospital in  Apir to see Mrs Grace Zeku, whose arm was cut off  by suspected herdsmen on her farm  in Gboogyo village, Guma Local Government Area of the state  recently.

He lamented that  herdsmen from  Mali, Niger and Chad  had been coming into Nigeria to  commit atrocities.

The governor  said, “No country can accept this, how can people come from other countries to  commit atrocities. They should be checked.

“The Federal Government should ensure that our borders  are  also closed to prevent those herdsmen who come from neighbouring countries, many of them are  from Niger and Mali.”

Ortom  said the state government was making efforts through the   State Security Council to beef up security in the state to prevent any further  violent attacks.
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