The Benue State Government has debunked a report alleging that Governor Samuel Ortom sponsored attacks on cattle breeders in Nasarawa State with two military aircraft.
NEWS DIRECT reports that a national newspaper, on Tuesday reported that some leaders of the cattle breeders in Nasarawa had accused the governor of sponsoring attacks on them, killing 1,000 cows in Kean and Doma Local Government of the State.
However, a statement by the Benue State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Ngunan Addingi described the report as “another propaganda crafted by armed Fulani herders to sustain their war of attrition and hatred against Governor Ortom whom they have made their number one enemy”.
The Commissioner noted that the allegations were also targeted at causing hatred between Ortom and his Nasarawa counterpart, Engr Abdullahi Sule.
According to the statement, “the military was only performing its duty of flushing out terrorists who wield AK47 and occupy the forests from where they launch attacks on innocent people.
“In the aerial surveillance carried out in border communities of Benue and Nasarawa States by Operation Whirl Stroke, no human life was lost and no cow was killed”.
It further stated that the Governor would not be distracted by such allegation, stressing that the State government would continue to support security agencies to guarantee protection of lives and property of citizens.