Posted by News Express | 16 January 2018 | 1,073 times
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja called on the government and people of Benue State to exercise restraint following the recent attacks on some communities, assuring that all the perpetrators of violence in the state would be made to face the wrath of the law.
Receiving a delegation of political leaders, traditional rulers and elders of the state led by Governor Samuel Ortom at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said that all those involved in the conflict that culminated in loss of lives would not escape justice, including any illegally armed militia in the state.
The President commiserated with all the victims of the attacks, and the families who lost loved ones and property, noting that the government would make efforts to ameliorate the situation of all the victims.
President Buhari said relevant agencies had been directed to start catering for the humanitarian needs.
“Your Excellency, the Governor, and all the leaders here, I am appealing to you to try to restrain your people. I assure you that the Police, the Department of State Service and other security agencies had been directed to ensure that all those behind the mayhem get punished.
“I ask you in the name of God to accommodate your country men. You can also be assured that I am just as worried, and concerned with the situation,” he said.
The President told the delegation that his administration had already begun a process of finding lasting solution to the perennial challenge of herdsmen conflict with farmers and communities around the country.
President Buhari said the Inspector General of Police had been directed to relocate to the state to provide security for lives and property, urging all Benue State indigenes to trust the security agencies and report all suspicious cases of movements in the state.
In his remarks, the Governor said the tension would be reduced with the Federal Government’s intervention to find a lasting solution to the herdsmen attacks.
“We will leave here to rebuild confidence in our people,” he said.
The Tor-Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse said his entire domain had been thrown into mourning due to the incessant attacks.
“We want you to put an end to the gruesome situation,” he added.
Present at the meeting were the state Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu; former Senate President, David Mark; former Governor George Akume; and Senator Barnabas Gemade. Others included Senator Joseph Waku; Major General Lawrence Onoja (rtd); Brig. General John Atom Kpera (rtd); former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa; Speaker of state House of Assembly, Terkimbir Kyambe; and other members of the National and State Assemblies from the state.
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