Foreign herders holding Nigerians to ransom, says Ortom




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of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has called on , Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), push for a review of protocol for movement of persons, goods and services within sub-region.

He made the call at a briefing in on Thursday. Ortom noted that foreign were taking undue advantage of the protocol fuel insecurity in Nigeria.

The said, “In neighbouring countries like and Benin, people are properly profiled before they are allowed into the county. People coming into Nigeria have be properly profiled before they are allowed in. It is there in the protocol, have studied it, have lawyers to also study it.

“Most of the killing our people are not even Nigerians, even the himself said this during his visit to the United Arab Emirates.”

Speaking about the benefits of the law prohibiting grazing in Benue State, Ortom said, “The legislation we have in place in Benue is responsible for the relative peace we are enjoying.

“We have arrested and prosecuted over 400 since the law came into effect. We have had 150 convictions. Some convicts were fined and released, others are still in Makurdi Correctional Centre.”

He made the call at a briefing in on Thursday. Ortom noted that foreign were taking undue advantage of the protocol to fuel insecurity in Nigeria.

The said, “In neighbouring countries like and Benin, people are properly profiled before they are allowed into the county. People coming into Nigeria have to be properly profiled before they are allowed in. It is there in the protocol, have studied it, have lawyers to also study it.

“Most of the killing our people are not even Nigerians, even the himself said this during his visit to the United Arab Emirates.”

Speaking about the benefits of the law prohibiting grazing in Benue State, Ortom said, “The legislation we have in place in Benue is responsible for the relative peace we are enjoying.

“We have arrested and prosecuted over 400 herdsmen since the law came into effect. We have had 150 convictions. Some convicts were fined and released, others are still in Makurdi Correctional Centre.”

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