Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has commended Nigerians whose dogged clamour led to the release of human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore, as well as former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.
The Governor equally commended President Muhammadu Buhari for directing the release of Sowore and Col Dasuki in accordance with the rule of law.
He states that Nigeria which prides itself as the giant of Africa and beacon of democracy must, at all times, be seen as a champion of the rule of law and respecter of human rights.
The Governor stresses that countries that practice true democracy across the world obey court orders and respect the fundamental rights of their citizens.
Wants a review of free entry for Africans policy
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has urged the Federal Government to review its decision to give all African travelers visas on arrival in the country with effect from January next year – meaning that Africans wishing to travel to Nigeria can freely do so whenever they desire.
The Benue State Governor says as popular as the policy may sound, it portends danger ahead as Nigeria will soon turn to a safe haven for persons with a questionable character such as terrorists and other criminals who would come into the country without hindrance.
He appeals to President Buhari to reconsider the decision in the overall interest of the nation.
He added that two people were recently killed in Odonto village of Otukpo local council due to an attack by herdsmen, a result of the violation of the open grazing ban.
At the time of filing this report, three herders including one Benue State indigene have been arrested and were taken to the police for investigation and prosecution while the arrested cattle were guided to a detention ranch.
The Benue State government on November 1, officially effected its ban on open grazing throughout the state. This was after Governor Ortom on May 22, signed the anti-open grazing and anti-kidnapping, abduction, cultism and terrorism bills into law.
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has challenged the Federal Government to show more commitment and speak out against violent herdsmen attacks across the country, with particular reference to Benue and Southern Kaduna.
Ortom made the call when he led the State Security Council to the Herdsmen killing fields in Logo and Buruku local council, including the Fadama III dry season farming land on the bank of River Benue.
While Community leaders from Buruku Local Council and the Fulani Herdsmen are locked in battle of words and counter allegation, the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered his men to shoot down any body bearing arms illegally in the trouble area.
The Governor also met with the displaced nursing mothers, children and the elderly, he asked the security agencies to escort Fulani Herdsmen out of the troubled Buruku Local Government Area.