Benue Governor Samuel Ortom has confirmed 15 persons were killed in his Guma local government area on Tuesday.
Speaking to journalists after the Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, an angry Ortom Benue residents to fight back and defend themselves against killer herdsmen.
” Please tell Mr.President Nigerians are not happy because no one is at peace, no business is going on. Only bandits are reigning as people are even being killed in the church. Even if we are dying we should die and leave a word. For me, I challenge anyone who thinks what I’m saying is not right so that we can chart a way forward on a superior argument”
He appealed to the Federal Government not to shift the responsibility of providing security of lives and property to the States, saying he has always been supporting security agencies.
On the delayed payment of salaries, Ortom attributed it to many factors, including no remittance of funds from NNPC and deep fall in Federal allocations, among others.