Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Benue Killings: Herdsmen Kill Two Policemen, Injure One

Nigeria: Benue State Conflict Leaves 83 Dead in 1 Week Buhari is completely Confused, Should be ashamed of himself – Adebanjo
Ben Pena | 10 January, 2018, 04:45

Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday said the mourning period will be between Tuesday and Thursday this week and end with a church service for the victims at the IBB square in Makurdi.

On Sunday, the Police Chief deployed, among other security measures, five MOPOL units.

'More Units of the Police Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Units, and Conventional Policemen are already being deployed to the State as at this time today to comply in totality with the Presidential order.' a Police statement read.

He said the officers were "slaughtered like goats" in Logo local government area, one of two areas at the centre of the crisis, while another officer was left badly injured.

"The Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble maker (s), any group (s) or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis".

"There is no point politicising these killings; it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to eliminate the criminality that is resulting in the killings", Ortom said.

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According to Ortom, Thursday will be work-free day to allow for full participation at the mass burial.Also yesterday, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, James Anbua, said the recent attack would lead to a 40-50 per cent drop in food security.

I support the call for the immediate proscription of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore just the same way IPOB was proscribed by the Nigerian Army and the South East Governors Forum.

Mr. Buhari has been accused of condoning the killings by Fulani herdsmen because of his ethnicity.

"I briefed Mr President when this incident took place on January 1".

"We know that the continuity of this will create greater challenges".

"We are talking of cattle colonies, not ranches, so to speak, where we will provide water, grass, training for herdsmen, cattle breeding and insemination".

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