Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said it is injustice to clamp down on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its affiliated security outfit, Eastern Security Network, ESN, while criminal herdsmen are allowed to roam free.
The Governor said this on Wednesday when he featured on BBC News Pidgin.
According to him, the treatment meted out to ESN, IPOB and it’s leader Nnamdi Kanu should have been applied to gun carrying Fulani herdsmen.
He noted that unlike Nigeria where foreign herdsmen enter the country without documentation, other African countries such as Ghana, South Africa and Kenya can never permit such.
Ortom said herdsmen believe that they can go anywhere and take possession of the place and the failure to arrest them only justifies the allegetions in some quarters that they “want to take over the land and be leaders.
He reiterated his call to President Muhammadu Buhari to prove that he is the leader of all Nigerians and not just the Fulanis by ensuring that the criminal elements amongst them are arrested and prosecuted.
The Governor further said Nnamdi Kanu had to flee the country or would have been locked up with his followers, and wondered why Government can’t do same to criminal herdsmen who carry AK-47, AK-49 and even big guns that soldiers, police, and the DSS don’t have.
He therefore called on Government to treat everyone the same.