Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has lamented that the continuous spread of hostility by communities across the State alongside external aggression perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen have grossly affected food production.
The Governor who made the lamentation at the commencement of a stakeholders meeting of Konshisha and Oju Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State said out of the 23 LGAs in the State 18 are under seige by the continuous invasion and attacks by herdsmen and this has posed a great threat to food security.
While warning the youths and other community members to desist from any form of aggression to pave way for peace, the Governor said, the State under his watch will not in anyway fold its arms and allow communities to engaged in continuous communal crises.
“I want to urge all stakeholders of Konshisha and Oju LGAs to speak with their youths and call them to order because already we are battling with over One Million Farmers who have been Displaced by external aggression and anyone who engaged himself in any form of crises should be arrested and handed over to security agencies.”
Governor Ortom who urged traditional rulers especially those in the affected areas to sit up and take full charge of their domains also appealed to the youths to engage in meaningful ventures that would bring growth and development to their communities rather than taking to social vices.
In a Communique signed by 13 persons including Gov. Samuel Ortom directed the immediate demarcation of borders between Bonta and Ukpute communities in Konshisha and Oju Local Government Areas to give peace a chance.
The communique also directed the Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu to collaborate with the Chairmen of the two LGAs and fixed a date for sensitization of the two communities before the actual demarcation.
According to the Communique, the Konshisha-Oju access road should remain accessible as well as safe to all and there should be regular security patrol.
It urged the two Local Government Areas to provide enabling environment for the establishment of a Police Post within the disputed area to serve both Bonta and Ukpute communities.
The Communique also urged Faith-based organisations to also encouraged communities on the need for peaceful coexistence.
It would be recalled that members of Ochoro Community in Konshisha Local Government area on the 20th July, 2021, have fled for safety as gunmen allegedly attacked the community, killing a traditional ruler, Chief Okpe Dennis Ijoko, and eight other people.