Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare armed Fulani herders killing people as terrorists.
This followed consistent attacks on communities in the last two months.
A statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said the latest attacks took place on Saturday night at Tse-Chembe near Anyiin in Logo Local Government where herders killed seven and injured others.
Ortom condemned the invasion and killings, describing the situation as unacceptable.
He said the state had a law prohibiting open grazing and stressed only a terrorist group would violate the legislation as herders had done since 2017.
Ortom said declaring the armed herders terrorists would end impunity and guarantee the rule of law.
He called on residents to report any suspicious movement to security agencies.
The governor praised officers and men of Operation Whirl Stroke for their response to distress calls, particularly the one of Saturday night when Tse-Chembe came under attacks.
He reassured Benue residents his administration would not surrender to criminal elements.
Ortom said no threat or attacks would stop enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.
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