Benue leaders rejects cattle colonies

Rising from the closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom said the leaders of the people who came as delegates rejected the recently conclusion of the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies across the country.

The Benue leaders added that their community was lacks the expanse of land capable of setting apart a division for rearing cattle, the governor added while briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting.

Ortom said, “As you can see, I am here with the entire leadership of Benue State, members of the National Assembly, the Tor Tiv, Ochi Idoma and the leadership of Benue State House of Assembly and other very distinguished sons and daughters of Benue State.

“You are aware of the challenge we had since January 1 up to this moment. Several people were killed, more than 60,000 people displaced, we are still counting.

“We thought it was wise as the father of the land and as the President of our country that there is need to meet with him to interface with him.

The governor said he spoke with President Buhari on phone on January 1 after the incident happened and got prompt response, with follow up of visit, which made the President ordered the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue as well as deploying more troops from the army.

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