Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Benue Killings: Ortom Supports Military Option

Benue Killings: Ortom Supports Military Option

Nigeria on Tuesday commenced a three-day mourning ahead of the mass burial of 71 people killed in violence allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen in the north-central state of Benue.

Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police had last week told reporters that the country was secure, though more police would be deployed to Benue state to deal with the situation.

The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, said he would support any move, including a military option, that can put an end to the killings being witnessed in the state.

"The full weight of the law will be applied to anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the state", Moshood said.

A similar incident to what happened in Benue happened on the same day in Rivers State where some people coming from church were killed by suspected gunmen. General Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Monday, a strategy to check the blood spilling between herdsmen and farmers was worked out.

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Noting that soldiers were deployed against agents of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Niger Delta militants among others, he said the hesitation to send soldiers after the heavily armed herdsmen stood truth in its head.

Ortom, who was joined by his Taraba counterpart, Darius Ishaku, declined to give details of the strategies, saying it was a security matter not meant for public consumption.

"They must be arrested and prosecuted because we can not allow impunity to continue to thrive". The security men should apprehend perpetrators and prosecute them.

Before the meeting went behind closed doors, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the Federal Government was planning "cattle colonies" as part of efforts to tackle the problem.

Moses Yamu, the spokesman for the state police, said the suspects, all herdsmen, had made confessions to the security agency.

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