Herdsmen/Farmers Crisis: Ortom Testifies Before Senate Cmtee


Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state has appeared before the Senate in the ongoing probe into the killings by herdsmen in Benue State.

The governor, alongside other leaders of the state, appeared before the joint Senate Committee on Police Affairs; and National Security and Intelligence, especially on his indictment by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over his alleged culpability in the security crisis in the state.

The Senate had, upon resumption in January 2018, given the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris 14 days ultimatum to arrest the perpetrators of the infamous Benue massacre.

Consequently, the Senate recently mandated a joint committee on Police Affairs and National Security and Intelligence, to interface with the IGP and stakeholders from the state to ascertain whether the resolution of the Senate on the crisis was adhered to.

The joint committee’s report was, however, rejected by the Senate on the account that the stakeholders in Benue were not contacted before filing report.

Abu Ibrahim, chairman of the committee said during his remarks that the interface with the Benue leaders was necessary, so as to get the perspective of State in respect of the submission of the IGP.

“After receiving the testimony of the Inspector-General of Police, it became clear to the committee that it is imperative to meet with the Governor, but the committee would have been acting outside its terms of reference.

“The above clarity is necessitated by some insinuations in some quarters bordering on the committee having a bias for or against. There is no reason for this at all as the committee as mandated by the Senate is only concerned with finding a lasting solution to the lingering clashes and lost of lives”, the Senator said.

The committee thereafter moved to a closed session where it is currently meeting with the Benue delegation.

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