PDP mourns as Benue buries victims of herdsmen attack

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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.

Ortom stated this in Makurdi on Thurday, January 11, 2018, at a mass burial for 73 victims of the herdsmen crisis.

The Leadership newspaper said the Federal Government has given explanations for the establishment of cattle colonies as against the nomadic structure now going on.

Unongo further sided with Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, that the Federal Government should arrest the leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Houre.

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A leader of the Tiv nation and the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, could not help but challenge President Muhammadu Buhari to either do the needful and end the wanton killings or Benue citizens would have no choice but train their own army in the state to defend themselves.

Also in a speech, the Country Representative of the United Nations in Nigeria, Mr Martins Ejidike, said the world body would consider the request for humanitarian assistance to the 50,000 displaced people during the attacks.

"Members of the Civilian JTF received weapons from the state governor Governor Ortom and his aides replenish ammunitions for these firearms whenever they are depleted "Members of the Civilian JTF had no prior training in the use of firearms but have been promised training by the state government".

He, therefore, charged the Federal Government to rise up to the occasion and stop state sponsorship of militias from festering as the effect of it would fall on its head, and consequently called on it to deploy the military to the two states to suppress activities of militias. Gen. Lawrence Onoja (retd.), said he will throw his weight behind the "Tiv-Army" if the Federal Government fails in its part to protect the Benue people. "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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Salawu, who spoke at the conference attended by other members of the group, including Akogun Ayokunle Black, preident, Concerned youths of Nigeria, condemned the killings in Benue State as well as the renewed hostilities in Mambilla Plateau in Taraba State.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria that there was need for peace to reign for the growth and development of the state.

The group also demanded that the federal government orders a full investigation into the activities of Benue State Sponsored Civillian Joint Task Force (CJTF) identified to be in the middle of recent crisis between herdsmen and Farmers in Benue State.

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