Benue Killings: Ortom declares 3-day mourning for Fulani herdsmen victims

Nigeria: Benue State Conflict Leaves 83 Dead in 1 Week

Nigeria: Benue State Conflict Leaves 83 Dead in 1 Week

The governors of Benue, Taraba, Plateau and Nasarawa, Adamawa, Niger and Kaduna States, the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, and the Minister of Interior, Lt.

The state Police Public Relation Officer, Moses Yamu, confirmed the killings and said another mobile policeman who sustained gunshot wound is receiving treatment at the Benue State University Hospital in Makurdi.

According to the governor, the situation has taken a different dimension as the militia exchanged fire with mobile policemen in Logo Local Government Area, killing two and leaving another injured.

"The attacks happened in very remote villages", said Akase. "It also observed the existing synergy between the security agencies and between the states and the Federal Government", Ortom was quoted as saying. "We are not aware that AK 47 is what they are now using to train their cows and other animals".

He said since June 2017, he had written to the security agencies about those who posed threats to the collective interest of the people, requesting that they be dealt with.

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The governor said contrary to Ortom's claim, hundreds of displaced Benue citizens are ones camping in Tonga.

The herdsmen, under the aegis of "Myetti Allah Kautal Hore" have vowed to resist the anti-open grazing law enacted by the state government to check frequent clashes between them and farmers, a development that is believed to have renewed the killings since the beginning of this year.

"I want to say that the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should cover their faces in shame".

"And of course, threat and no action have resulted to this killing and I think also that Mr. President will also do the needful to ensure that something is done urgently". He said he can only support it when he understands what that means.

Fayose, who urged all men of good conscience to condemn government's alleged nonchalant attitude to the issue, added: "What is happening in Benue and other states in the North Central is an issue that the President must have to take decisive steps".

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