By Ayo Kehinde
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Tuesday, lamented the dire security situation in Benue State and condemned the killing of seven persons in Monday’s attack on Abagena Internally Displaced Persons camp in Makurdi.
Many were also injured in the attack which the displaced persons blamed on herdsmen.
The governor, who had to visit the scene of the attacked where bodies of some of the victims still laid on the ground covered in leaves, said attacks in Benue were becoming unacceptable as more than 70 persons were killed in Guma, Makurdi and Gwer West Local Government Areas of the state in the last two weeks.
“You have all seen what is happening within the last two weeks. We have lost over 70 people in Guma, Makurdi and Gwer West alone, in addition to what you have seen here. Many are in the hospital apart from the seven that were killed.
“It is like there is no government at the federal level. President Buhari should come and kill us. I want to say that our patience is being overstretched in spite of our preaching of the rule of law and due process. You can see that the people are fed up,’’ he said.
Ortom urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address security issues in the currently with renewed vigour.
He also called on other governors to rise and impress on the president the need to address the nation on incessant security challenges.
“This (attack) is not acceptable; this cannot continue.
“My colleagues, the governors must rise and impress on the president to call a national security summit.
“If possible, he should declare a state of emergency on security so that all hands will be on deck to address the situation. Let him allow us to carry guns. Give us licence to carry AK-47 to face these Fulani killers’’ Ortom said.