Fayose In Benue, Says ‘God ‘ll Visit Blood On Their Killers, Sponsors’

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that God will visit

the blood of the innocent people of Benue State and other States

killed by suspected herdsmen on the killers and their sponsors, even

as he reiterated his call for the restructuring of the country.

 

The governor, who was speaking in Makurdi, the Benue State capital

during his visit today, to commiserate with the State Governor, Samuel

Ortom and the people of the State over killings by suspected herdsmen,

declared support for the Benue State Anti-Grazing Law and urged the

people of the State to stand by the law, adding that; “since the law

is for the Benue people by the Benue government and not for residents

of other States, there should not be any problem about its

enforcement.”

 

His Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere

Olayinka said in a statement that Governor Fayose, who was accompanied

by the Deputy Governor, Prof Kolapo Olusola, Chief of Staff; Chief

Dipo Anisulowo, Chairman of the State House of Assembly Committee on

Information; Dr Samuel Omotoso and others arrived at the Makurdi

Airport at exactly 12:23pm and was received by Governor Ortom and

other top functionaries of the State Government.

 

He visited the Genabe, Makurdi mass grave where the 73 persons killed

by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Guma and Logo local government areas

of Benue State, were buried. Prayers were offered for the repose of

the souls of the victims by the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof

Kolapo Olusola.

 

Governor Fayose also visited the former Governor of the State, Gabriel

Suswan in his residence.

 

The governor urged the people of Benue State to be united in prayers,

noting that “whosoever that is in government during the time of peace,

posterity will remember him while those in powers when innocent people

are being killed in the most barbaric manner will not be forgotten

too.

 

He advised the people of Benue to “change vehicle since the present

vehicle of change has broken down.”

 

Responding, Governor Ortom thanked Governor Fayose for visiting the

State during its trying period.

 

He described restructuring of the country as the panacea to this

present maladministration and open bias of the security agencies.

 

Governor Ortom said all cattle farmer in the State must embrace cattle

ranching, declaring that “No retreat, no surrender on the total

implementation of the State anti-grazing law.”

 

The governor chided the Police and the Minister of Defense for

allowing called strangers to display arms openly and killed people.

He insisted the relocation of the Inspector General of Police (IGP),

Ibrahim Idris was a ruse, saying “the IGP came just once and ran back

to Abuja insulting me and dancing on the graves of the innocent people

of Benue State.”

 

He reiterated his called for the IGP’s resignation, describing him as

a bad influence on the President having turned himself to the

mouthpiece and defender of the herdsmen.

 

He said the security agencies have allowed herdsmen to take over the

business of kidnapping and killings and were being protected by the

IGP.