Ortom gave the order on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh after assessing the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen at the weekend. The governor has also directed security agencies as a matter of urgency to lead herdsmen out of the area for peace to reign since they were not welcomed by the unarmed inhabitants of the area.
Ortom appealed to the people to remain law abiding by reporting for appropriate action, any breach of peace by the herdsmen.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen had at the weekend attacked a village in Buruku local government area of Benue state killing at least 10 persons.
According to an eyewitness, it all started on Friday when the herdsmen forcefully entered the village to graze on farmland but were resisted by youths. They left only to mobilise and storm the village in their numbers shooting sporadically and chasing everyone from their houses.
When contacted, the Benue state chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Garus Gololo, said the invaders were not indigenous Fulani, adding, “they came from Taraba and went to Mkgovur village on Friday but were resisted by the villagers.”
“It is our agreement now that any Fulani man not known to any host community should not be allowed to stay in any community in Benue, so when the herders entered Mkgovur village they were resisted, I think that was what provoked them to invade the village this (yesterday) morning,” Gololo had said.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Moses Yamu, who had confirmed the attack said: “Last Friday a report was received from the Ardo of Fulani in Buruku that some youths in the area attacked and inflicted machete cuts on two cows while grazing thereby scattering the rest into the bushes in Benewura at Binev council ward.
According to the Sole Administrator for the council area, Mrs. Justina Sorkaa, eight bodies have been recovered, while three persons are missing
“Some of the displaced persons have moved in with their relations in Buruku town and those who do not have anywhere to go are with us in an improvised IDP camp here at St Peter’s Anglican Primary School, Imenger,” she added.
One person has also been confirmed dead in Umuobasiukwu in Ozuitem, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State during a clash between herdsmen and farmers on Sunday.
Crops, valued at millions of Naira, were reportedly destroyed, even as it was also claimed that some cows were killed during the clash.
Abia State Police Commissioner, Mr. Leye Oyebade, who confirmed the incident at a briefing yesterday in Umuahia, said that the situation had been brought under control. Umuobasiukwu and Ozuitem community.
Umuobasiukwu and Ozuitem community have in the last three months, witnessed three clashes between predominantly rural farmers in the community and herdsmen.