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Herdsmen Killings: Osinbajo describes Ortom’s claims as “terrible falsehood”

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The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described claims by Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom that he was warned about the herdsmen killings as “terrible falsehood,” Premium Times reports.

Ortom had earlier claimed that he had alerted the Osinbajo, who was then the Acting President, along with the Inspector General of Police and the National Security Adviser, of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore‘s plan to disrupt peace in the state.

Ortom had accused the Federal Government of not doing enough, adding that the Federal Government had abandoned the people of Benue State.

Osinbajo, in a statement released by his spokesperson Laolu Akande said Ortom had written to the Vice President protesting a newspaper publication made by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

Osinbajo had met with the governor, the statement said, and ordered law enforcement agencies to be on alert.

See the statement below:

Governor Ortom wrote to the Vice President, then Acting President, on 7th June 2017 protesting a newspaper publication where the leadership of Miyetti Allah was reported to have stated that it was opposed to the Open Grazing Prohibition law of the State and that they would mobilise to resist the law.

The Miyetti Allah had written to the vice president on June 5, 2017 on the same law protesting several sections of the law. The governor went on to say that the leadership of Miyetti Allah should be arrested because they used words such as “wicked, obnoxious and repressive,” to describe the law, and because these were “utterances that are capable of undermining the peace.”

The Vice President subsequently met with the Governor, discussed the matter and the security situation in the State and then ordered law enforcement agencies to be on the alert to prevent any attacks or violence. This was in June 2017!

In the said letter written by the Governor, there was no mention of any threat to any specific one of the 23 local governments of Benue State, so the best the law enforcement agencies could do even then was to await information or intelligence of an imminent attack. None came.

Since then the VP has held several meetings with the Benue State Governor, including a visit to the State on the 6th of September, last year at the behest of Mr. President during the tragic floods in the state last year. At all such meetings, the Vice President discussed the security situation of the State with the Governor.

Following that, the then Acting President convened a major national security retreat which was attended by all State Governors, service chiefs and heads of security agencies. The Retreat featured very detailed discussions on the herdsmen/ farmers’ clashes.

To the best of our knowledge, neither Governor Ortom nor the Federal Government was aware of the imminence of the cowardly attack on Logo and Guma on the 1st of January, and therefore any suggestion that the President or the Vice President ignored the State Governor’s warning is both absolutely false and certainly misleading.

5 Comments

  1. tunmi

    January 15, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    The governor may have to publish said letter at this rate.

    Thanks BN for this post

  2. Mngu Tiv

    January 15, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Political grammar from a professor vice president

  3. Teez

    January 15, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I get the VP, however can we imagine if this situation was reported to POTUS (when Obama was there oh) and there were fear of an intending attack? How do we think they would have salvaged the situation? The height we could have had was to deploy military men to different regions even if it would last for 6 months. You can’t tell me that the IRAN government will decided to leave it’s borders because they are not quite sure of an intending attack. We lack the skill of working on impulse in this country. We are not even alert to the vices and measures these people put into place. We make use of the military at irrelevant meetings.and occassions.

    Please let me ask – Assuming Someone wrote a letter that he will kidnap a grandfather in a village, what do you think the chiefs in that village will do especially if the leader of the village is a grandfather? We just need to be more deliberate and strategic about the way we handle life matters. Security of the people should be prior on any government’s table and it cannot be effective at indoor meetings.

    The government still has a fault in this. So long there was a publication, they can’t be fauless in this matter.

  4. jani

    January 16, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Osinbajo is a clever liar, admits he received the letter, detailed the contents, did nothing about it, then issues a long-winded unbecoming deceptive denial. The art of lying is a science mastered so disgracefully by his un-excellency vice president Osinbajo. Thou shalt not lie.

  5. Kkay

    January 16, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Our VP, don’t be caught in the web of lies, deceit and political blame-game that is the hallmark of the countries leadership. You’re a man of God.
    Over 70 lives were lost in that January 1st dastardly, cowardly surprise attack. IS THAT FALSEHOOD?!! YOU ARE HERE TO BANDY WORDS WITH GORVERNOR ORTOM!
    It is glaring that the FG did NOTHING to protect lives in Benue State, just as they did NOTHING when these demonic herdsmen ravaged communities in the South-East and other parts!
    OWNERS OF CATTLE SHOULD GO SET UP RANCHES! It is their private business!!!
    ADDRESS THE MAIN ISSUE, PLEASE!!!

    You all high and mighty political rulers (not leaders) conveniently forgot that Benue State is THE FOOD BASKET of the nation. SOON FAMINE WILL SET IN!

    Please, I am not from Benue State but a very concerned human being that alues human lives, fairness and justice.

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