Gov. Ortom Speaks On Ochanya's Death
Governor Ortom of Benue. Image: Guardian NG

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that Senator George Akume told him not to assent to the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law.

The governor revealed this on Tuesday at the government house, Makurdi during a joint courtesy call on him by Masev Development Association (MDA), Mbalom Unity and Progress Association (MUPA) Makurdi and Dooshima U Kasev Mbasa.

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Ortom explained to his visitors that when he gathered Benue stakeholders in May 2017 to sign the ranching law in their presence, Senator George Akume called him aside and asked him not to assent to the law without giving any convincing reason.

Ortom said on hearing this he told Akume to inform the stakeholders about his advice, this he said infuriated the Senator who left in anger.

The governor wondered why a senator whose constituency had suffered a greater amount of human and material losses to herders’ attacks would oppose a law proferring solution to the carnage and go out telling the world that his people were killing themselves.