Herdsmen killing: Benue leaders meet, indict FG

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The Benue state leaders expressed their disapproval of the Federal Government’s handling of killings by herdsmen in the state.

At a forum between stakeholders in the state and the committee set up by the National Executive Council (NEC) to look into the matter. The forum decries the actions of President Muhammadu Buhari saying he prefers cows to human beings.

They argued that some persons in the corridors of power were benefitting from the crisis, adding that Buhari has supported laws that prevent cattle rustling instead of that which prevent killings and destruction of crops.

Present at the forum Pastor Dave Ogbole stated ‘’When Benue State was flooded by water, Buhari sent the vice president to sympathised with the people. Also, his wife came and donated relief materials to the victims. Today, Benue is being flooded by blood. Buhari has refused to come, yet he went to Nasarawa State to console the people.”

Ogbole, a Makurdi-based Pentecostal preacher and founder of the Movement Against Fulani Occupation, also faulted the absence of Kaduna State governor, Nasir, El-Rufai, a member of the NEC committee, alleging: “He refused to attend this meeting because he has taken a position.”

He declared that people lost confidence in the moves by the military to boost security in the state, describing the operations as “belated.”

Ogbole warned that the Federal Government’s insincerity at resolving the issue could trigger serious political upheaval, capable of threatening the existence of the nation.

Rev. Augustine Akpen Leva, the Chairman of the Benue chapter of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) alleged that the Federal Government masterminded the recent killing of dozens in the state. Saying the Federal Government has refused to take necessary action to find a lasting solution to the killings and has also refused to visit on an invitation.

He flayed the Inspector General of Police and the Minister of Defence for demonstrating what he described as “incompetence

He maintained that the leadership of Miyetti Allah is arrested adding that the Federal Government must cater for all the displaced persons in the state.

He claimed the worth of property and human destruction since 2011, is over 2,000 people including women and children while property worth N95 billion has been destroyed.

Meanwhile, Benue state governor Samuel Ortom has argued the  Plateau state governor Simon Lalong to be objective in his contribution to the herdsmen killing in Benue state otherwise ‘’mind his business.”

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