The Benue State security council has mandated security agents in the state to immediately dislodge armed herdsmen who invaded Mbatoho Island in Makurdi, the state capital.
Thousands of farmers were reportedly rendered homeless when armed herdsmen invaded Mbatoho and ordered the residents to vacate their homes.
Governor Samuel Ortom after a meeting with security council in the state told the displaced indigenes of Mbatoho Island at the government house, on Tuesday that security agents will swing into action.
He also insisted that the open grazing prohibition law will not be repelled.
The leader of the displaced Mbatoho Island residents, Silvanus Ortaver earlier before the meeting claimed that the armed herdsmen gave them the option of leaving their homes or be killed.
“The Fulanis came and said we should vacate the Island because the Tiv’s do not want them to graze their cattle. So we should move out of the area because it is secured enough for them to stay and operate.
“Now we have moved out of that area, about five thousand Tiv people lived on the Island and since the invasion, we have been living with Mr John Kwuka on Ahmadu Bello way here in Makurdi,” Ortaver said.