Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday said he will not support the move of the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies in Benue State, but welcomed military option to drive invading herdsmen out of the state.

Speaking at the State House, Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Ortom said he would support any move, including military option, that could put an end to the killings.

According to him, he must understand the concept of cattle colonies before he could support such move which the FG was planning to establish in the state as part of move to halt killings by herdsmen.

The governor stated that he spoke with the president on phone when the incident occurred, but said he felt there was a need to meet Buhari in order to nip in the bud the crisis in the state.

According to Ortom, “Anything that can stop the killings of my people, I will go for it. I support it. Any policy or any directive, anything that will help stop the killing of these innocent people who are not armed, I will support it because this cannot continue. We know that the continuity of this will create greater challenges. I don’t want it to continue.”



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