Three kinsmen of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State were, Saturday evening, reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen while returning from a burial ceremony along Iordye- Gbajimba road in Guma Local Government Area of the state.
This came as the governor, yesterday, raised the alarm that armed herdsmen have taken over communities in his home town making it impossible for him to access his village and his massive farms in the community.
The victims, two males and a female, were riding on a motorcycle when they were ambushed by the marauders, who shot two of them and hacked the third person to death with a machete.
According to the source, the remains of the victims had been recovered and deposited at the Gbajimba General Hospital by troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, attached to the LGA.
Yesterday, while raising the alarm over the latest killings in the state by armed herders, Ortom lamented the cold-blooded murder of his kinsmen. He recalled how his community was sacked and over 30 of his kinsmen killed by the marauders when he was a minister, saying it went to show how heartless the marauders were.
The governor, who spoke during a thanksgiving service organised for him and the Benue branch Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Akpen Leva, at the NKST Church, Iortyer, Makurdi, decried the perceived support the invaders were enjoying from the Federal Government.
He said: “It is not acceptable that Fulanis from Niger, Senegal, Mali and several other countries would be allowed to come into our country and continue to kill our people to take over our land and the Federal Government is looking the other way and they want me to keep quiet.
“They even went as far as wanting me to accept money and keep quiet. I cannot sell my people for all the money in the world. If others are doing that, Samuel Ortom will not. So they should forget it.
“That goes to tell you that this Federal Government is evil. Most of our frontline local government areas are not safe. These people come and kill our people and none of them is arrested. And they want me to keep quiet, I will not