IGP Apologises Over Comments Made On Benue Killing

IGP Apologises Over Comments Made On Benue Killing

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2018

Speaking on Thursday in Markurdi at the mass burial of the Fulani herdsmen victims, a tear-eyed Avenya said that the attacks were a deliberate attempt to wipe-out Benue citizens.

"Some of us, in 1966, fought the Nigerian civil war; Benue has contributed to the unity of this country".

He stated that the photograph he saw of President Muhammadu Buhari at his ranch in Daura recently had given Nigerians the direction that ranching was the way to go in animal husbandry, hoping that as a disciplined person, the President knows what is good for the country.

Many of them blame the Federal Government of Nigeria who they said has continued to fail them, leading to herdsmen killing them with reckless abandonment time after time. If the government can't protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into an army to defend us.

According to the statement, the governor in show of solidarity and shared grief with the people of Benue State and indeed all Nigerians of conscience committed to finding a lasting solution to the herders and farmers conflict in Nigeria, expressed his deepest sympathy in a phone conversation with Governor Ortom.

"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".

Olujimi said, "We are already in Benue State (as of 7 pm on Friday), we just arrived here".

During the event of the mass burial, the governors of two neighbouring states - Darius Ishaku (Taraba) and Simon Lalong (Plateau) - held divergent views on the propriety of the Anti-Open Grazing Law enacted in Benue and Taraba States.

Kuanum who spoke yesterday in Makurdi said the plot to have emergency rule in the state was being orchestrated by those who were opposed to the state's grazing law and bent on forcefully taking over the Benue valley from the indigenous people of the state.

James Ayatse, noted that Tiv people residing in Nasarawa and Taraba states are still being killed by Fulani herdsmen on a daily basis since the Benue killings started, and vowed that the people "must put an end to these killings".

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