Rep alleges chemical substances used in Benue attacks
The House of Representatives yesterday heard that the attacks in Benue State have taken a new dimension and people are now being killed through the use of chemical weapons.
A lawmaker from Benue State, Rep Christiana Alaaga, said this yesterday.
She said about 15 dead bodies were recently recovered with foam in their mouths but without any bullet wounds after an attack on some villages on March 25.
She said: “Nomadic herdsmen numbering over 200 laid siege on Agena and Mbatsada communities of Gwer East Local Government in the early hours of the 25th March 2014 shot and killed people as they came out of their houses. At the end of the day, 20 people were killed including women and children with 500 people rendered homeless, most affected being women, children and vulnerable.”
Alaaga said: “If this deadly practice is not nipped in the bud, the consequences will be catastrophic as the use of chemical weapons is condemned worldwide.”
She said a humanitarian crisis resulting from internally displaced persons had hit the state particularly victims fleeing to Makurdi, Aliade and other locations.
“The 45 kilometre Makurdi/ Naka federal government highway has been completely taken over for the past two months by these invaders who shoot and kill at sight anybody that ventures to pass on this road, consequently crippling interstate transportation and all commercial activities via this road,” she also said.
Alaaga called on the federal government to compensate the farmers who have lost their farmlands and crops and appealed to “security agencies to arrest the perpetrators.”
The motion was unanimously adopted by the House. Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal subsequently referred it to the committee on disaster management for further action.