Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has asked residents of the state to defend themselves with Dane guns against attacks from hoodlums.
Some communities in the state have been attacked by gunmen suspected to be herders with lives and property lost in the process.
Speaking at an inter-denominational church service held at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, on Sunday, Ortom said people should defend themselves with weapons not prohibited by law.
The governor said the licence to own a Dane gun could be obtained at local government secretariats in the state.
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He said, “I will no longer announce the deaths of those killed by Fulani herdsmen, rise up and defend yourselves with weapons not prohibited by law, bows and arrows, spears and knives.
“Get a licence for Dane guns from local government chairmen and use them to defend yourselves.
“God assured me some time back that as long as I lived within the circle of his presence, no weapon fashioned against me shall prosper.”