By Peter Duru
MAKURDI — Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, yesterday, raised fresh concerns about herdsmen incursions in the state, lamenting that there had been influx of over one million cattle into the state after the launch of Exercise Ayem A’ Kpatuma by the military to check herdsmen killings in the state.
The governor spoke, yesterday, at the funeral site of the 73 victims of herdsmen attack buried on January 11, 2018, in Makurdi when he took Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr. Pastor Paul Enenche, and his wife, Pastor Becky, to the cemetery.
He appealed to the military to flush out the invaders so that the over 160,000 displaced persons who were in the eight camps created for the displaced persons in the state could return to their homes.
“More than 60 people have been killed since the mass burial, with three of the victims killed last week in Guma Local Government Area by herdsmen,’’ the governor said.
Pastor Enenche, who prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead, declared that the burial would also connote the internment of government and security failure, impunity, jihadist agenda and all forms of evil in the country.
He prayed for God’s justice and judgment against the killers and their sponsors throughout the country and charged the earth to rise against them.