While Urging the people of Benue state to defend themselves by any legal means, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said the inspector general of police should resign because he has failed in his responsibility to the people.
Once again Benue has been thrown into deep mourning, no thanks to heartless marauding herdsmen who last Monday afternoon stormed Omusu village, Ojigo ward of Edumoga, Okpokwu local government area of the state killing 26 persons mostly women and children, injuring scores while many are still unaccounted for.
The invaders also razed houses and food barns and property of their victims after which, as usual, they disappeared in a gorilla fashion without any trace.
The latest bloody attack came about two months after the new year day killings in Logo and Guma local government areas that sent close to 80 persons including pregnant women, children and the elderly to their early graves.
The global outrage that greeted that pogrom could have been enough to force the militant herders to sheath their sword but alas the blood of the innocent has continued to flow in Benue communities where the stench of blood has become more or less an odour the people have come to live with.
Regrettably, after the new year day killings and the mass burial accorded the victims of that massacre, pockets of killings continued unabated and thousands of Benue sons and daughters numbering close to 170,000 rendered homeless only to find solace in eight IDP’s camps established by the state government for their upkeep.
The bloodletting in the state that turned over half of the state into theatres of war compelled helpless though decorous Governor Samuel Ortom to advise the people of the state to learn to defend themselves even if with sticks and pestle.
In a state owned radio programme monitored in Makurdi the state capital the heartbroken Governor Ortom said “I think the people should have the right to defend themselves and not make themselves easy prey to be killed in their homes.
“So any lawful means you can adopt to defend yourself just go ahead in Benue state. We are not going to wait for the Inspector General of Police to do it because he has failed in his assignment.