By Philip Dzeremo/Makurdi
The Benue Government will bury 73 victims of the Jan. 1 assaults by suspected herdsmen tomorrow.
The victims have been killed by yet-to-be recognized gunmen who invaded 5 villages in Guma and Logo Local Governments on New Year’s day. Many others have been injured whereas 50,000 individuals have been displaced.
Gov. Samuel Ortom introduced authorities’s resolution to carry a mass burial for the deceased at a stakeholders assembly in Makurdi on Wednesday.
The assembly targeted on insecurity within the state and the way in which ahead.
Ortom, who known as for prayers, mentioned that the deceased could be remembered for sacrificing their lives to guard Benue farmlands.
He appealed for calm through the burial, and cautioned Benue residents towards reprisal assaults towards anybody.
Ortom vowed to make sure that the attackers have been apprehended, and promised authorities’s help to the safety businesses to actualise that.
He accused safety businesses for being detached to his demand that they defend the state towards its aggressors after a number of complaints of deliberate assaults reported to them.
“I noticed the assaults coming and we wrote a number of letters of criticism to the police and complained to the presidency, but nothing occurred.
“We called for the arrest of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) but nobody responded; we have facts that can be used against them.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris and prime law enforcement officials together with the DIG operations, Habila Joshak, two commissioners of police for Benue and Nasarawa states have been in attendance on the stakeholders assembly.
The governor expressed remorse that after repeated complaints to the police and different safety businesses within the nation on the threats of assaults by MACBAN, nothing was achieved to safe lives and property within the state.
“We known as for the arrest of leaders of the affiliation; we had proof to help our claims however no person paid heed to us.
“We wrote to you IGP three times but received no response. We briefed the presidency yet to no avail,” he lamented.
Ortom mentioned the refusal of the safety businesses to behave and their lackadaisical angle on the matter led to the mayhem of Jan. 1.
He questioned why open statements of meant aggression towards the state on nationwide tv, radio stations by members of the affiliation had not been investigated and arrests effected.
He vowed to proceed with the anti open grazing regulation, stressing “there is no land in Benue for open grazing”.
Ortom mentioned he wouldn’t undertake the cattle colonies as instructed by the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh.
He appealed to the IGP to instantly order for the arrest of leaders of MACBAN to provide hope to the abnormal residents that each one individuals have been equal earlier than the regulation.
The governor mentioned that the herdsmen that attacked the state got here from their bases in Nasarawa State and challenged the police to refute his claims.
Responding, the IGP mentioned he had not acquired such letters of complaints from the governor however promised to research the claims and fish out the aggressors.
He mentioned the police had deployed 663 police operatives and created 10 cell items to cope with the insecurity within the state.
Idris mentioned the police would deploy helicopter surveillance to observe the motion of such miscreants throughout the state and pledged to be diligent in discharging the presidential project.
He defined that the scenario was not but past the capability of the police, stressing “there is no need for the army to be invited”.
Other audio system on the assembly embrace the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, known as on the IGP to make sure the arrest of the aggressors.
They rejected the suggestion for the institution of cattle colonies within the state and affirmed their help for the implementation of the anti open grazing regulation.
They additionally known as on the Federal Government to begin the method of building ranches throughout the nation as a panacea to farmers/herdsmen clashes.
The excessive level of the assembly was the open apology by the IGP for describing the Benue killings as “communal clashes”, following insistence from individuals.