Benue killings: Buhari demands arrest of culprits, charges security agencies to avert recurrence/ Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he had directed relevant security agencies to do everything possible to arrest those behind the killings, maiming and wanton destruction of property in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the Benue State in the New Year.

Ortom had on Tuesday told journalists in Makurdi that armed herdsmen killed over 20 and injured over 30 persons in Benue between Monday and Tuesday in Guma and Logo local government areas. 

He stated that out of the number, nine were Livestock Guards who were to ensure the full implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing Law which was signed on November 1, 2017.

The governor called on the federal government to wade into the matter so as to avert further destruction of lives and property.

While commiserating with Ortom and families of the victims over the “wicked and callous” attacks on even innocent children, Buhari ordered the nation's security agencies to avert further attacks.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said "this is one attack too many, and everything must be done to provide security for the people in our rural communities".

“The President assured the governor and people of the state that relevant security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to arrest those behind the regrettable incidents and avert further attacks,” the statement read.

Earlier on Wednesday, hundreds of Benue youth protested the killings, blocking the major entry points into the state. They called for presidential intervention to forestall future attacks.

According to the police, 17 people were killed and that eight herdsmen suspected to be among those who carried out the raid had been arrested.


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