Samuel Ortom, Benue State governor, on Monday, urged residents of the state to defend themselves against armed invaders.
Ortom, who made the comment while reacting to questions from journalists on his arrival to Makurdi from Oyo State where he attended the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors’ meeting, said his people can no longer stay in their homes and get killed.
“I have told my people to defend themselves. You can’t sit down in your house for people to come from somewhere and kill you.
“If you don’t have weapons require by the law, go to your neighbour and get one. Everybody in Benue both men and women should defend themselves”, he said.
Ortom, who condemned fresh killings allegedly perpetrated by suspected armed herders in parts of the state, stressed that it is time for people to rise up against such criminality.
Speaking on the meeting, he disclosed that the PDP governors has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to give attention to security.
“We (PDP Governors’) have affirmed our position on the southern Governors’ decision banning open grazing of animals. We hope that we shall join hands together with the president to address the matter. There is no way we can do it without the president because more power is at the centre. We have work to do with the President,” Ortom stated.