Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has warned herdsmen against disobeying laws guiding the use of arms in the state.
The governor, who spoke during a press conference on Monday, said herdsmen can go to Bauchi State if they want to carry AK-47, an apparent jibe on his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed.
Mohammed had said Fulani herders carry AK-47 to protect themselves against cattle rustlers but later said he used AK-47 as a figure of speech following widespread criticisms.
Reacting to Mohammed’s statement, Ortom said he was convinced that his Bauchi State counterpart is part of the Fulani terrorist group terrorising Nigeria.
The two governors have been trading words in the media since Mohammed accused Ortom of criminalising the entire Fulani tribe.
The Benue State governor, who noted that the Nigerian Constitution does not allow foreigners to enter the country and bear arms against Nigerians, advised Governor Mohammed to go back and study his oath of office.
Ortom said; “I want to tell those Fulani men. They should not come to Bauchi. Benue state is governed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Benue state also has laws guiding it. Once you are a Fulani man with legitimate papers, you are free to stay in Benue state and do business according to the laws of our land.
“Anyone who is not willing to respect the laws of our land should go and meet Bala Mohammed, then there you can carry AK-47, and you’ll not be apprehended. Here, when you come, we’ll apprehend you. I want this to be known.
“We are not against any tribe, especially the Fulani people, but rather against terrorists, killer herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers, and all types of criminals within the state.”