Prominent stakeholders in Benue State have told President Muhammadu Buhari that the state cannot spare 10,000 hectares requested by the Federal Government for the establishment of cattle colonies in the state.
Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, led a delegation of the stakeholders to make this position known to the President on Monday at a closed door meeting with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, he said the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, “who is a son of the soil has explained that cattle colonies are a combination of several ranches” and is proposing that ten thousand hectares should be provided for that purpose.
“In Benue, we don’t have ten hectares for colonies, other states may have, but we don’t have in Benue State,” he said.
Among those in the delegation present at the meeting that lasted about an hour are: former senate president, David Mark; former governor, George Akume and several others.
Ortom, who disclosed that they urged Buhari to cause the arrest of Miyetti Allah leaders allegedly still issuing threats of attacks, said the President assured them that there is no room for impunity and that he would ensure there is peace in Benue.
The President assured them that he will never protect criminals, adding that he has again ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the recent killings in the state.