Posted by News Express | 16 March 2018 | 1,659 times
Thursday was a sad day in Omosu community as victims of the herdsmen killings were again buried.
Family, relatives, and friends of those killed wailed uncontrollably over the loss of their loved ones as the Benue State Government conducted a mass burial for the 26 victims.
The state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, lamented over the amount of bloodshed due to the persistent herdsmen attacks and atrocities meted on Benue farmers.
The governor said this while speaking at the Saint Bernard’s Primary School Ugwu-Okpoga in Okpokwu Local Government said about 140 suspects have been arrested.
He directed security agencies to arrest those behind these killings and bring them to book.
President Muhammadu Buhari, during his visit to the state, appealed to leaders of various groups to convince their constituents that the Federal Government is doing its best to end the recurring attacks by armed herdsmen in various parts of the country.
He condoles with victims of herdsmen attacks in the state, urged the stakeholders to show restraint and allow the security agencies to handle the untenable situation.
The herdsmen launched the reprisal attack on Omosu village, Okpokwu Local Government Area around 4:00 pm on Monday, (March 5) which led to the death of 26 persons with many houses razed and scores injured.
14 of the victims were women, two children.
Governor Ortom during the visit to the village appealed to the community not to embark on reprisal attacks.
He described the attack as unfortunate and called for the arrest and prosecution of the herdsmen allegedly responsible for the attack on Omusu village
Security agents have since been mobilised to forestall further attacks while the governor also called on the State Emergency Management Agency to immediately provide relief materials to persons displaced in the attack. (Channels TV)
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