The Benue State Government says it has lost over N400 billion worth of property to renewed militia herdsmen attacks on communities in the state between 2015 and now.
Governor Samuel Ortom who disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the achievements and challenges of his administration in the past three years, at Government House, in Makurdi said the estimate was arrived at following preliminary report of assessment of damages caused by the crisis.
He lamented that the continued herdsmen attacks on the state had caused untold hardship on every resident of the state either directly or indirectly.
While stressing that the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017 was the peoples legislation, the Governor noted that he had no regret with the enactment and implementation of the law and insisted that no amount of intimidation or blackmail would make them repeal it
Ortom challenged the Defence Minister, Dan-Masur Ali to come out and tell Nigerians why there are killings in Zamfara, his home state, and other states of Nigeria like Kaduna, Adamawa, Plateau, Enugu, Kogi, among others, where there are no anti-open grazing law, saying he was waiting for the minister to come out and apologize to Nigerians for his comments.