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Benue state governor cries out; ‘We have been abandoned to die’

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Following last week mass murder of Benue state indigenes by suspected fulani herdsmen, the Benue state governor Samuel Ortom has cried out saying the country’s security agencies have abandoned the people in the face of the mass slaughter.

 

Governor Ortom who spoke to newsmen said the state government’s decision to sign the anti-open grazing law will stand as that seems to the only way for now to curb the rampaging herdsmen.

 

Meanwhile frontline Civil Society organization, The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) in a statement called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to address the persistent killings and speak out strongly and condemn the killings.

 

It urged the UN body to make an official visit to Nigeria with special rapporteurs with relevant mandates to discuss the killings and concrete actions to end the killings and ultimately bring about significant improvement in the lives of farmers and their families as well as other citizens affected by violence across the country.

 

Police Reacts

 

Following the back lash received by the Nigeria Police over the incident, Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, in charge of Operations, Mr. Habila Joshak has revealed that the force had increased the manpower of the Benue command and assured the residents that in no distant time, all those involved in the killings will be arrested.

 

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