Benue had brought into effect an anti-open grazing law on November 1, 2017.
"And they are known, we know where they are".
Many residents of Benue took to the streets of Makurdi on Wednesday, January 3, to protest against the savage attacks and called on President Buhari to act on the terror of the herdsmen or resign from his position.
He explained that after staying back on the ground to do some needful to restore normalcy, it was important for him to come personally and brief him again.
"MASSOB is therefore, calling on indigenes of Benue state to rise up and defend their God given land". Like I always say, if you allow impunity to thrive, you are asking for anarchy. I think this is most unfortunate.
On allegations that he hired mercenaries from Republic of Ghana to fight herdsmen he said: "I'm not aware of this and I don't even know about that one, I'm hearing it for the first time". I'm seeing Mr. President.
The governor stated that he spoke with the president on phone when the incident occurred, but said he felt there was a need to meet Buhari in order to nip in the bud the crisis in the state.
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"A group declared as the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world as far back as 2015 can not be handled with levity by the Federal Government as being done presently and the earlier the President Buhari is made to realisee that his main duty is to protect the lives of all Nigerians, the better". "I requested to speak to him on phone that day because I couldn't come to Abuja and he gave me the opportunity and today I'm here and I have seen him".
The governors of Benue, Taraba, Plateau and Nasarawa, Adamawa, Niger and Kaduna States, the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, and the Minister of Interior, Lt.
"Any policy or any directive, anything that will help stop the killing of these innocent people who are not armed will go because this can not continue". Let the people know that we do things in an orderly manner, we don't just do things anyhow.
Fayose, who urged all men of good conscience to condemn government's alleged nonchalant attitude to the issue, added: "What is happening in Benue and other states in the North Central is an issue that the President must have to take decisive steps".
An invasion of Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State during the new year by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen left at least 57 people dead. He is a wanted man in Benue State.
"So, it is free for everybody and that is the right way to go and since we started implementation there has been relative peace among farmers and herdsmen". They were doing well until this militia coming from this Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore came and attacked us.