IGP Apologises Over Comments Made On Benue Killing


The Nigerian National Flag is flying at half mast in Benue state, north-central Nigeria as the bodies of seventy-three people killed by Armed Fulani Herdsmen in the last one week are buried.

The Tor Tiv said this on Thursday in Makurdi during the requiem mass for the mass burial of 73 people killed by herdsmen on Jan.1 in Guma and Logo local government councils.

Unongo recalled that a good number of Benue indigenes sacrificed their lives for the country during the Nigerian civil war.

Mohammed Hussaini, chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), said the Fulani and Tiv people in Nasarawa State, were living peacefully. If the government can't protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into an army to defend us. "I am the spiritual and ancestral leader of the Tiv nation; enough is enough".

A civil Society Organization (CSO) Middle-Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG), has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to resign over the incessant killing in the state.

" I, therefore, call on the Federal Government to act swiftly by putting an end to this killings; this act of impunity must stop". "We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that".

Also speaking, a former military governor of Plateau and Katsina states, Maj. "Aside the global odium it will pour on the country, the current crop of federal officials may find themselves as guests at The Hague since there is all possibility that any indifference would equal an active support for the crimes being committed by officials of the second tier of government; there is the additional risk that the militias being armed by these governors would one day take on federal law enforcement personnel", he warned. What we found out has been corroborated by the confessions of the members of the (Benue State) Civilian JTF on national television. "If the Federal Governmrnt refuses to address the killings in Benue and if we decide to raise our army as advocated by our elders to defend ourselves, l will not mind to command that army despite my age", the general said.

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"The FG and the Benue State government should also open talks directly with the herdsmen who live in the bush than relying on negotiations with the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen in order to get to the root cause of their grievances".

The state Assembly Majority leader, Benjamin Adenyi, who spoke on behalf of the state lawmakers wondered how a Buhari, who came to Benue State during electioneering, after being elected, chose to look the other way while Benue people were being killed.

The paramount ruler enjoined Ortom to continue to do the needful in his bid to bring peace to the state, saying the Benue traditional rulers were behind the governor. We will not be deterred because I am ready to pay the supreme price for the implementation of the anti-open grazing law.

In his funeral oration for victims of herdsmen killings, Avenya prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead and called for prayers for the survivors of the attacks.

The rights group said it was unconstitutional, that instead of arresting, prosecuting and sending the convicted killers to firing squads for their horrendous crimes against humanity, government officials are debating on measures to reward the armed Fulani herdsmen with the juicy landed assets in the name of cattle colonies at public costs even when the forceful or pretentious confiscation of ancestral landed assets and donation to Fulani herdsmen in odd communities is capable of igniting long lasting asymmetric civil wars.

He said the suggestions were not acceptable to the Benue people.