The Benue State Government has denied allegations against the state Governor, Samuel Ortom, on the anti-open grazing law.

Mrs Ngunan Addingi, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi on Tuesday, said the military was only carrying out operations at the boundary between Benue and Nasarawa states where terrorists had sacked and taken over communities.

She stated, “No farming activity takes place in the affected communities any longer. The military was only performing its duty of flushing out terrorists who wield AK47 and occupy the forests from where they launch attacks on innocent people.

“In the aerial surveillance carried out in border communities of Benue and Nasarawa states by Operation Whirl Stroke, no human life or cow was lost,” Addingi said.

Recall that Ortom had three weeks ago allayed the fears of people of the state. He said the aerial surveillance that would be carried out by the military in parts of the state was to flush out criminals and bandits.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Air Force, Edward Gabkwet, on Tuesday told newsmen that NAF did not kill any cow. “It is a fake and unrealistic report,” Gabkwet simply said.

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