Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on security operatives to arrest a self-acclaimed spokesman of the Fulani groups in the state, Garus Gololo.
It is understood that Gololo had accused the Governor of sponsoring attacks on Fulanis in Benue.
However, Ortom in his reaction to the allegation retorted that Gololo is only angry because he wasn’t given an appointment as a special adviser in Benue State.
Ortom in a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase part from calling for Gololo’s arrest and questioning by security operatives, also demanded a retraction and apology.
The statement reads in part; “Since Governor Ortom turned down his request to be made Special Adviser preferring to appoint another Fulani man as his aide, Gololo has launched ceaseless campaign of calumny and blackmail against the Governor.
“In January 2018, shortly after armed herdsmen attacked communities in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas, LGAs, 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, therefore, 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.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reportedly ‘adopted’ Chinaza, a girl who breached his security, during his visit to Nyanya market in Abuja to promote the Trader Moni initiative.
TraderMoni is an empowerment scheme of the federal government created specifically for petty traders and artisans across Nigeria.
Naija News reports that Tolani Alli, the personal photographer to Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday, February 6, shared the story about Chinaza.
According to Tolani, Chinaza had breezed past the vice president’s personal security, grabbed his hand, and compelled him to visit her mum’s shop.