By Oladipupo Mojeed
Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom has refuted reports that he was rearing snakes.
Interacting with journalists, the governor said the news was anchored on falsehood with the intention to cast aspersion on his personality and portray him in a bad light.
The governor said that though owning a snake farm was not a crime, he had never contemplated undertaking such an activity.
He said that he was currently rearing poultry, piggery, snail, cattle, goats, and mushroom among others, but could and would not venture into snake farming.
The governor, however, said that he had a scheme were victims of snake bites had been receiving treatment for 20 years.
He also said he made arrangement with St. Theresa and Rahama Hospitals, both in Makurdi, to treat snake bite victims on his account.
Ortom further disclosed that between February and June, he had an outstanding bill of over N30 million to settle, adding that none of the victims was related to him.