The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, on Tuesday met behind closed doors at part of efforts to find a lasting solution to incessant killings allegedly by herdsmen in the state.
The meeting, which lasted over an hour, was held inside the Acting President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor later told State House correspondents that improvement was being noticed in the security situation in the affected parts of the state following interventions by security agencies.
The governor said, “…Any time the Benue State Government makes request, whether from the police, DSS, civil defence; they are ready to augment what we have on ground. That alone is positive result.
“Benue State would have been worse than where we are today even at the point we took over the mantle of leadership, but we have been able to reduce criminality, assassination, killings and armed robbery to its barest minimum.
“I can’t say we have eliminated all but we have reduced it. So, that is the positive result of the synergy we have with the Federal Government.”
Ortom added that herdsmen and the farmers in the state “are now cooperating.”