Rep al­leges chemical sub­stances used in Benue at­tacks

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

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.

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