Ortom warns Plateau governor to stop interfering in Benue crisis

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has warned his Plateau State counterparts, Simon Lalong, to stop interfering in the Benue anti-open grazing crisis.

Ortom told Lalong to mind his business in Plateau State, and not dabble into the crisis in Benue State.

The governor issued the warning at the stakeholders meeting of the National Economic Council’s technical committee on the herdsmen and farmers crisis resolution, at the Government House, Makurdi.

Ortom recalled that his deputy met Lalong at a public function outside the state, during which the Plateau State governor insisted on his earlier claim that he advised against the introduction of the anti-open grazing law in Benue State.

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The governor added that Lalong told his deputy that, he apologised over his earlier claim, due to the pressure mounted on him.

Ortom however dismissed the claim by Governor Lalong that he advised him against going ahead with the introduction of the anti-open grazing bill.

The committee leader, Governor Dave Umahi, said the Benue Crisis is a delicate issue that must be handled with an open mind.

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