IGP Apologises Over Comments Made On Benue Killing

Adesina Ogunlana

Adesina Ogunlana

The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom had earlier declared Thursday a public holiday in the state in honour of the dead and other victims of the armed Fulani herdsmen's fresh attacks on farming communities in logo and Guma local government areas of the state.

The Leadership newspaper said the Federal Government has given explanations for the establishment of cattle colonies as against the nomadic structure now going on.

But the Benue State Government in a statement denied the claims saying the present administration of Governor Samuel Ortom has not engaged the group since he assumed office.

Williams Avenya, Catholic bishop of Gboko diocese, says the people of Benue state gave massive support to President Muhammadu Buhari but "received 73 corpses in return".

Also in a speech, the Country Representative of the United Nations in Nigeria, Mr Martins Ejidike, said the world body would consider the request for humanitarian assistance to the 50,000 displaced people during the attacks.

The group in an open letter to Governor Ortom, dated January 10, 2018 described as unfortunate a promising year like 2018 which has been cut short for many families through the killings. "We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that", Unongo added.

"The declaration of a State of Emergency in Taraba State will allow for full-scale investigation and also stop the militias armed by the governor from further harming any ethnic group to cause an unnecessary crisis in the polity for political reasons". Gen. Lawrence Onoja (retd.), who described the killings in the state as genocidal conspiracy against the Benue people, emphasised that the killings must not continue. What we found out has been corroborated by the confessions of the members of the (Benue State) Civilian JTF on national television.

He recounted how MAKH, a splinter body of cattle breeders in the country, had issued threats to invade the state if the state implements the anti-open grazing law, which sought to bring to an end to incessant cases of herders/farmers clashes.

Speaking on behalf of the Benue State House of Assembly, the Majority leader, Benjamin Adenyi, expressed sadness that Buhari came to Benue State during electioneering and after he was elected, he looked the other way while Benue people were being killed. "We should pray that this killing should be the last in Benue State".

"Benue state must similarly be placed under emergency rule since its governor has not only confirmed his lack of capacity to arrest the situation but has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he is a core part of the problem", Salawu said.

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