Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said on Friday that people of the state live in fear and under the siege of Fulani herdsmen.
The governor stated this while receiving a delegation of the Northern Governors’ Forum led by the chairman, Kashim Shetima, at the new banquet hall in Makurdi.
Other governors on the trip to Makurdi – Simon Lalong, (Plateau), Nasir El- Rufai, (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello, (Kogi) and Mohamad Abubakar (Jigawa).
The deputy governor of Osun state, Chief Grace Titilayo Tomori, was also on the trip
Ortom said: “We thank God that peace is gradually returning to the state. But there are still pockets of challenges here. We know the challenges will soon be over because our people are always alert to give useful information to security operatives around.
“Let me tell you that our people are still living in fear and under siege, living in fear because of the series of threat by Kautal Hore which started the threat seven months ago. They are not mere threat.
“We have evidence against them, what we are saying is that federal government should arrest the leadership of Kautal Hore.”
Ortom, who thanked his colleagues for the visit, said the state is committed to one Nigeria and assured President Muhammadu Buhari of the state’ s commitment to his administration.
The governor also expressed confidence that Nigeria would soon take its rightful position as the giant of Africa if leaders are sincere and stand by the truth.
“This country is blessed with great potentials to be great in the world and that is if we leaders should stop pretending but stand by the truth,” he stated.