By Oladipupo Mojeed

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Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has attributed the irreguar payment of salaries to persistent herdsmen attack.

According to Ortom, the state lost N95 billion to herdsmen attacks between 2012 and 2014.

He made this assertion while addressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the Benue People’s House on Tuesday.

Orton stressed that the attacks put Benue in a difficult situation as agriculture, which was the state’s strongest point, was being destroyed.

As a result, payment of salaries and pension, amounting to N7.8 billion, continues to be a major issue.

Fasting and prayer

He said the attacks necessitated the declaration of a seven-day fasting and prayer.

“We have no land for grazing and grazing routes; we cannot join grazing and farming. This has made the payment of salaries and pension, amounting to N7.8 billion a big headache for us,” he said.

The governor noted that with the ever-increasing population, ranching remained the best alternative, adding that the anti-grazing bill, sent to the House of Assembly, would be subjected to a public hearing.

Three days ago, no fewer than 50 persons were killed in Zaki Biam by unknown gunmen.