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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said that his administration will do everything under the law to ensure that peace returns to warring communities of Konshisha and Oju Local Government Areas.

Governor Ortom gave this assurance on Wednesday, while briefing journalists after an expanded Security Council meeting with stakeholders from the two local government areas in Makurdi.

The Governor harped on the need for Benue people to support security agents deployed to end crisis in their areas and  admonished the people against attacks on security agents, saying such acts would make the situation extremely difficult to contain.

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He explained that as part of measures to nip the land dispute between Konshisha and Oju in the bud, it was agreed that the boundary be demarcated and a day was fixed for the exercise.

According to the Governor, a few days to the agreed date, crisis erupted again and security agents were deployed to control its escalation when the troops sent to Konshisha came under attack with two military personnel still missing.

The Governor condemned the practice of some communities engaging militia to fight their neighbours, stressing that such merchants of violence would be made to face consequences of their actions.

He charged stakeholders from the two local government areas to preach peace to their people and avoid the temptation of taking laws into their hands.