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Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom speaks about internally displaced people and farmer's violent clashes from Logo and Guma communities at Gbajimba IDPs camp outskirts of Makurdi, capital of Benue State in northcentral Nigeria on January 4, 2018.<br />Nomadic cattle herders have all but left Benue state, driven away by fighting over access to resources and a new law banning migratory herding, an age-old practice necessary for the survival of the livestock. More than 100 people have been killed since early January, with 100,000 fleeing their homes to safety, according to the local emergency management agency (SEMA). After months of inaction, the Nigerian army announced the imminent deployment of troops for "Operation Cat Race" in several city states, including Benue to end the violence. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI


The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has blamed Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) for the botched attempt to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

MBF's President, Dr Pogu Bitrus who briefed reporters in Abuja claimed that the unfortunate development was in line with the desire by the aforementioned groups opposed to the anti-open grazing law to render Benue state into an orgy of violence and ungovernable.

According to him: "It would appear that the federal government is implementing the avowed agenda of Miyetti Allah. The Police takeover of the state House of Assembly to facilitate the conduct of proceedings by a minority of 8 members is calculated to instigate lawlessness, precipitate crises and killings and use that as an excuse to declare a state of emergency in Benue state."

Bitrus view was reinforced by a former member of the House of Representatives and member of the group, Mr Jonathan Asake who made reference to the insistence by the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Mansur Dan-Ali that there was the need to repeal the anti-open grazing law to ensure lasting peace in Benue state.

Bitrus who likened the involvement of the police in the impeachment saga as akin to a declaration of war on the people of the middle Belt by the federal government called for the immediate sack of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

"This Inspector General of Police clearly lacks the men and comportment to command a civil police force under a democratic dispensation," He stressed.

Calling on well-meaning Nigerians to rise in defence of democratic rule in the country, he urged Governor Ortom to approach the High court to ensure that the eight lawmakers that attempted to commence his impeachment process are made to face the wrath of the law.

He also called on the united nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) to save the country from descent into anarchy and despotism under the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.



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