As Long As I’m Alive, I Will Defend My People – Ortom


Benue Governor, Samul Ortom has expressed his satisfaction at the implementation of the state’s anti-grazing law which recently led to the arrest of 200 herdsmen for violating Benue’s anti-grazing law and 49 of them have been convicted.

He revealed the statistics and made the declaration on Friday, September 21 in Abuja while speaking at the maiden public lecture of the Conference of Benue Journalists.

The governor was presented with an award for the defense of Benue at the event, as he vowed ‎to resist attempt from outside forces to repeal the law.

Ortom also lamented on the plight of IDPs, insisting that only ranching could keep the peace in the state and promised to ensure that nothing stops the anti-grazing law.

The Governor said he is ready to die in the defense of his people who have suffered great loss of lives and properties in the hands of killer herdsmen.

He said: “I stand on the path of truth and on the defense of my people who elected me. As long as I am alive, I will continue to defend my people and the unity of this country.

Over 200 people who would have been in school are currently at home while about 500 thousand IDPs are scattered across various camps in the state. Some died while running away from death.

“When the Sharia law was enacted in Zamfara state, Benue indigenes who were not comfortable with the law relocated to their state. How can we achieve development in the midst of lawlessness?”

The herdsmen were arrested for grazing their herds in the wrong places, 49 have been convicted by courts of law. Governor

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom on Thursday, September 20 confirmed that the state received N14.9 billion final tranche of the Paris Club refund from the federal government.

According to, the Benue state leader vowed to use 80% of the funds for payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities.

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