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Grazing law: There are threats to my life — Gov Ortom

By Peter Duru

MAKURDI—Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has raised the alarm that there are threats to his life over the recently enacted Open Grazing Prohibition Law by his administration.

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Ortom, who spoke, yesterday, in Makurdi, said he had already reported the matter to security agencies, with expectations that those behind the threats would be arrested.

Governor Ortom said:  “There are threats to my life because of the grazing law we enacted in the state to ensure peaceful coexistence between our local farmers and herdsmen.

“It is on record. I have also reported the matter to the security agencies that some persons were planning to attack me.

“But I keep saying that life belongs to God. It is only God that gives and takes away life, so my life is not in the hands of any person who is not happy with the Open Grazing Prohibition Law, 2017.

“If they are not happy, that is not my problem. They cannot take away my life because life belongs to God and not man no matter his position.

“Whether these threats are real or not, they are threats and I have reported it to the Police, and the security agencies are doing the needful. I believe that those behind the threats will be apprehended and brought to book.

“I must keep saying that the grazing law we enacted in Benue State, came from the people to stem the killings in our rural communities and it was not targeted at any group, persons or individuals, neither was it intended to chase anyone out of the state.”


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