By Ibrahim Imam
The governor of Benue state, Mr. Samuel Ortom has condemned the weekend killings and destruction of property in Tse-Ikpur community in Logo Local Government Area, urging security agencies to bring those responsible to justice.
Ortom also directed security agencies to take urgent steps to stop further attacks in communities in the state, adding that his administration would not tolerate acts of violence against his people.
In a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media, Information Communication and Technology (ICT), Tahav Agerzua, in Makurdi on Saturday, the Governor condemned the attacks, warning that his administration will not tolerate such.
He said that measures were being put in place to curb the activities of criminals whether among herders or farmers, and urged police to arrest those responsible for the attack for prosecution.
He said that security of lives and property, particularly the resolution of the incessant herders and farmers conflict, remained a priority of his administration.
The governor said the issue formed a major part of his discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari, when he travelled with the president to South Africa last week.
Ortom noted that while ranches remained a permanent solution to the conflict, dialogue between the two concerned parties and legal means of addressing grievances must be encouraged rather than the current resort to self-help.
The governor sympathised with families who lost loved ones and prayed for the repose of their souls.