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Ortom challenges Gololo to prove allegation of sponsored killing of Fulani in Benue or apologise



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Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom on Sunday reacted to the claim that he sponsored killing of Fulani herders in Benue by one, Garus Gololo in the media.

Describing the claim as false, he challenged Mr.

Gololo who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress to prove his the claim or he should tender apology to him without delay.

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“We read the report credited to a man who calls himself a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Garus Gololo in which he accused Governor Samuel Ortom of sponsoring militia to kill Fulani people in Benue State.”

In a statement on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Terver Akase said, Mr Gololo is not new to false and malicious statements.

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“Since Governor Ortom turned down his request to be made Special Adviser preferring to appoint another Fulani man as his aide, Gololo has launched a ceaseless campaign of calumny and blackmail against the Governor. push({});

“In January 2018, shortly after armed herdsmen attacked communities in Guma and Logo local government areas killing 73 people, Garus Gololo came out on behalf of the armed Fulani groups and accepted responsibility for the massacre alleging that the attacks were in retaliation for their cows which he claimed were rustled. Security reports however later proved that no Fulani cow was rustled before the 2018 attacks.

“Contrary to his recent claim, there is no attack on a Fulani person in any part of Benue State. All law abiding Fulanis are living in peace with other Benue people.

“We expect security agents to arrest for prosecution, this harbinger of mayhem whose only trade is raising false alarms to throw the society into crisis. Gololo is closely working with other enemies of the State and he surely has questions to answer regarding the frequent attacks on innocent Benue people.

“In the meantime, Gololo has 48 hours to prove the accusation he leveled against Governor Ortom, failure of which he should tender a public apology to the Governor or face legal action.

“The Governor urges people of the State and other Nigerians to disregard the alarm and continue to support security operatives with timely and useful information to guarantee the safety of lives and property.”


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