Governor Ortom warns Governor Wike to steer clear of Benue’s security issue

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has warned Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to face the crisis in his state.

Ortom who alleges that there is no rule of law in Rivers state, said there are more killings in Rivers state than the ongoing killings in Benue state.

Wike had accused Ortom of displaying what he calls sheer laziness and incapacity, over the spate of violent attacks in Benue state, and called for a military take over of the state to restore normalcy.

Ortom said: “It is unfortunate because if you talk about declaring of a state of emergency as a result of killings, I am aware that there are more killings in Rivers than Benue.

“Here we know the root, in Rivers there is no root. They do things as if there is no leadership. They take laws into their hands; we don’t do that here. And I will not subscribe to taking laws into my hands or anybody doing so in Benue State.

Ortom and Wike

“One thing I am sure of is that we are on top of the situation we found ourselves in. On the issue of herdsmen attacks and criminality, we have got them under control. I inherited a state that was ravaged by criminality, killings, terror, assassination and kidnapping.

“When was the last time you heard that somebody was kidnapped in Benue State? When did you hear last that robbery took place in Benue State?

“If we talk about rivalry between farmers and herdsmen, it is not peculiar to Benue. We have sent a bill to the state House of Assembly. We are proposing ranching as an option.”

Wike alleges that Ortom was among the All Progressives Congress (APC) state governors who called for the imposition of emergency rule, when Rivers state was facing  a serious security crisis.

The Rivers state governor, speaking while receiving members of the governing council of the University of Port Harcourt at the Government House in Port Harcourt, warned that the type of insecurity in Benue state may spread to other APC states whose governors once called for emergency rule in his state.

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