Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has given Fulani herdsmen an option to either move to Bauchi State where they can carry AK47 guns or abide by the laws of the state.
He made this disclosure barely a week after Governor Bala backed herdsmen who move about with AK47. He explained that the herdsmen used it for their own protection because the government has failed to secure their safety.
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Reacting to that, Governor Ortom said at a function in the state on Monday, February 22. He said;
”Nigeria is not governed anyhow. It is not a banana republic. It is governed by the constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria. The constitution gives power to our governors in all the 36 states to preside over the land of their state on behalf of the people and they only people who can give allocation and permit people to stay where they are.
And so bandits cannot find a forest and come in to hide under living in that forest. I want to tell those terrorist Fulani men. They should not come to Benue state. They should go to Bauchi and stay with him.
Benue state is governed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Benue state also has laws guiding them. So once you are a Fulani man and you come with legitimate papers , you are free to stay in benue state and do business according to the laws of our land. Anyone who is not willing to respect the laws of our land should go and meet Bala Mohammed and then there you can carry AK47.”