Former Director-General, Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Paul Angya, says that 50 per cent of the state’s land is occupied by armed herdsmen.
Angya said that attacks by herdsmen and occupation of farming lands were already affecting the state’s status as the ‘Food Basket of the Nation’ and, of course, the country’s food security.
“At the moment, Benue is besieged from all sizes by armed herdsmen, vagabonds and bandits. Our rural populace can no longer go to their farms; they are maimed, killed, women raped and crops ransacked and thrown out as feeds to cattle,”
“Governor Samuel Ortom needs to be commended for his efforts at securing the lives and property of Benue people. I applaud him for enacting the Anti-Open Grazing Law because without it, the level of insecurity in the state would have been worse.
“I have been trained by the Federal Government on security at the Nigerian Institute of Security. Benue needs someone with security training and experience to take over from Ortom in 2023 to sustain the security measures his administration put in place in the state.”
He decried the poor state of federal and state roads in the state, pointing out that the Federal Roads Management Agency (FERMA) was 10 years behind in roads rehabilitation.