Makurdi - Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has
described the herdsmen invasion of 14 of the 23 local government areas of the
state earlier in 2016 as disastrous incident which had left the victims in
Represented by his Deputy, Mr Benson Abounu, Ortom spoke on
Tuesday when when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai paid him a
Ortom, however, said: “Today, we have relative peace because
the army was able to contain the herdsmen and push them back.
“We recognise the importance of the military,” he said.
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The governor commended Buratai, saying “since you became
chief of army staff, we have seen the difference”.
“What seemed to be impossible have been done, you have
decimated the Boko Haram insurgents,” the governor said.
Earlier, Buratai said he was in the state for the quarterly
Chief of Army Staff Conference.
He also informed the governor that the army had renovated
the broken down water treatment at the North bank of the river Benue.
Buratai said that this was to meet the water needs of people
in the immediate community, as well as barracks in the area.
He also said that during the conference the army would carry
out medical outreach to address some of the people’s health challenges.