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Benue killings: Lalong apologizes to Ortom, withdraws offensive remark

14 January 2018

PDP and Jang, in two separate statements, described Lalong's statement on a day over 70 victims of herdsmen attacks were being buried as "mindless and senseless".

As condemnation continues to trail Governor Simon Lalong's utterances against his Benue state counterpart, Dr. Samuel Ortom, the Senator representing Plateau North zone in the National Assembly, Jonah David Jang has admonished Lalong to be sober and repentant over his action, and to apologise to Ortom, adding that refusing to answer his calls won't resolve the issue.

He had said, "I told the Governor of Benue when he was doing the law, I told him 'why don't you do (ranches)?"

He said, "To be honest with you, I advised him".

"He has also failed to mention which law put the ranching policy in the state in place". Rather, he is simply in pursuit of his selfish political interests. Perhaps, if Lalong had built on it, the Plateau people would have had another layer of security and possible avoided the death we recorded recently.

Lalong said in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa that he considered it untimely to start implementing the law without proper alternatives.

Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is to intervene in the lingering crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Benue as its ad hoc Committee on Security and Infrastructure has arrived in the State to meet with traditional rulers from affected local governments.

"At times when one lacks what to say or would say what is irrelevant, especially in calming frayed nerves, silence becomes golden".

He assured Benue people that efforts would be intensified with the collaboration of the relevant security agencies to restore peace and order to all parts of the state.

"I said I will not do the law before implementation".

"For example, if you ban traders from trading on the streets, let us take for instance, the street of Terminus in Jos, as a responsible government, you must have provided an alternative market for them to move to, because if not, no matter how you chase them from the streets, they would still come back due to lack of where to go, and that has a tendency of creating conflicts between them and the security saddled with the enforcement of the ban".

Ologbondiyan said, "It is very sad to note that in its insensitivity, the Federal Government did not consider it important to send a delegation to the burial of those massacred in Benue and till date, there has been no Presidential visit of any sort to commiserate with the people of Benue and other states where Nigerians are being slaughtered by bandits under the APC regime". Is there one person in Benue that is against this law? he asked the regional sociocultural group who responded "no".

Benue killings: Lalong apologizes to Ortom, withdraws offensive remark