Osinbajo denies receiving warning about herdsmen from Ortom

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has denied receiving letter from Governor Ortom of Benue State notifying him of the impending evil the herdsmen are about to perpetrate about 6 months ago.

Osinbajo, the then Acting President was said to have been forewarned in a letter date June 7, 2017, where he said he protested about opposition and resistance of Miyetti Allah to the anti-grazing law, and that he had also received a letter from the leadership of Miyetti Allah on their reservations about the law.

He said: “It will be a terrible falsehood to suggest that the VP was ever informed by the governor or anyone else of the imminence of the killing of citizens of our country in those or any other local governments in Benue State.

“Governor Ortom wrote to the Vice President, then Acting President, on June 7, 2017, protesting a newspaper publication where the leadership of Miyetti Allah was reported to have stated that it was opposed to the Open Grazing Prohibition law of the state and that they would mobilize to resist the law.

“The Miyetti Allah had written to the Vice President on June 5, 2017, on the same law protesting several sections of the law.

“The governor went on to say that the leadership of Miyetti Allah should be arrested because they used words such as “wicked, obnoxious and repressive,” to describe the law, and because these were utterances that were capable of undermining the peace…”

He said upon receiving the letter, Prof. Osinbajo met with Ortom to discuss the security issues in the state, and ordered security agencies to be on the alert. He said, however, that there was no mention of any threats of attacks from the herdsmen in the letter written to him by Ortom.

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