Benue battle: Rights group frowns at jungle justice



    Olaseni Shalom UGRFP’s Executive Director

    The United Global Resolve for Peace (UGRFP), an NGO, has condemned in sturdy phrases the reoccurring killings in Benue by individuals suspected to be herders.

    UGRFP’s Executive Director, Mr Olaseni Shalom, in an announcement on Friday in Abuja, mentioned that the current upsurge in clashes between farmers and herdsmen constituted a dent in Nigeria’s historical past.

    Shalom mentioned that it was unlucky that a few years after its independence, Nigerians had not discovered unity amidst their existential range.

    “ In what has been described by many as barbaric and merciless, killer herdsmen have unleashed terror on varied territories inside the nation, with attendant lack of lives and properties.

    “The scenario, as typical, has resulted in claims and counter claims by ethnic leaders, non secular entities, political stalwarts; a few of whom have politicised the incidents, and consequently heated up the polity as a substitute of deescalating the growing rigidity.

    “At the core of those claims and counterclaims is blame-trading, the modern foreign money in Nigerian polity, such that the assorted actors have consistently said that one group took motion earlier than one other; and as such, their motion is a reprisal.

    “It has subsequently turn into pertinent, within the face of this imminent collapse of order and peace in our society, with looming chaos, that we should hurriedly arrest this festering hazard.’’

    He mentioned that current improvement had turn into a get up name to all involved authorities to get up to their tasks.

    According to him, a scenario the place one alleges and strikes and one other launches reprisal is rarely the way in which of peace and reconciliation, and as such, must be prevented.

    “ That is why we, at UGRFP will proceed to clamour for a reorientation of our safety structure to mirror rising threats,’’ he mentioned.

    Shalom mentioned that in a bid to finish the scourge of jungle justice, UGRFP would proceed its nationwide marketing campaign in opposition to jungle justice in Lagos state by March.