‘In­sur­gents set to wipe out Benue in­di­genes ‘

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Benue State Gover­nor Gabriel Suswam yes­ter­day told the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity and In­tel­li­gence that in­sur­gents who cam­ou­flaged as Fu­lani herds­men to un­leash ter­ror in parts of the state were on a mis­sion to wipe out Benue in­di­genes.

Suswam said this when Se­na­tor Mam­mam Magoro led the Se­nate joint Com­mit­tees on Na­tional Se­cu­rity/In­tel­li­gence, De­fence, Po­lice and In­te­rior on a fact find­ing mis­sion to the state.

“This is not a case of or­di­nary herds­men who come around with their wives and chil­dren. These ones came with AK 47 to shoot and to kill with­out provo­ca­tion. They even re­sorted to the use of chemical weapon to in­ten­tion­ally wipe out our people. The de­struc­tion they have caused in the state in terms of property and death is un­quan­tifi­able. We are not say­ing that we don’t want to live with Fu­la­nis, but those that come with AK47 are in­sur­gents,” he said.

The gover­nor there­fore called on the com­mit­tee to en­sure that the mat­ter is raised with his Nasarawa State coun­ter­part, Tanko Al­makura, fol­low­ing sus­pi­cion that the at­tack­ers are har­boured in his state.

Re­spond­ing, leader of the Se­nate del­e­ga­tion, Magoro, ex­pressed con­cern over re­cent killings in the coun­try, say­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence was alien to the Nige­rian so­ci­ety.

He there­fore en­joined govern­ment, se­cu­rity agents, tra­di­tional rulers and other rel­e­vant groups to co­op­er­ate with the com­mit­tee on its as­sign­ment so that a last­ing so­lu­tion could be found to cri­sis linked to farm­ers and herders in North-cen­tral states.

Di­rec­tor- Gen­eral, Na­tional Teach­ers In­sti­tute, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the sec­ond phase of the sen­si­ti­za­tion work­shop of NTI-UNESCO in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Bri­tish Coun­cil on Mo­bile Tech­nolo­gies and Teach­ers De­vel­op­ment, in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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