Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Monday urged residents of his state to defend themselves against any armed invader.
Ortom made the remark while reacting to questions from journalists on his arrival to Makurdi from Oyo State where he attended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ meeting, said people need to rise up against unnecessary invasion of their homes.”Our people should defend themselves,” he said.
The governor, who was obviously angry about fresh killings allegedly perpetrated by suspected armed herders in parts of the state, stressed that it was time for people to rise up against such criminality.
Speaking on the Governors meeting, he disclosed that the forum has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to give attention to security.
He said, “We (PDP Governors’) have affirmed our position on the southern Governors’ decision banning open grazing of animals. We hope that we shall join hands together with the president to address the matter. There is no way we can do it without the president because more power is at the centre. We have work to do with the President”.