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Nigerian Senators Weigh In On Wanton Killings In Benue By ‘Terrorist’ Herdsmen

Unic Press UK: Nigeria Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has issued a directive to the legislative body’s Ahdoc Committee for Security, that an interim report on the massacre of people by ‘terrorist’ herdsmen be presented to the Senate next week, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Excerpts from the press statement from the Senate President’s special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, which was published by the News Agency of Nigeria, reads:

“I believe the sad situation in Benue State shows some fundamental faults in our security system. There is clear failure of intelligence gathering, analysis and response time. Our security agencies must be totally overhauled in terms of equipment, specialisation, funding, training and staffing. It is with a view to identifying what is required in terms of laws, process, procedure, funding and other necessities for us to have a solid security system which can be pro-active in identifying potential threats, responding to them on time and preventing any breach.”

Last week, herders of cattle suspected to be of the Fulani ethnic group, attacked communities in Benue State, Nigeria, killing many farmers and other locals in Guma local government area (LGA) and Logo LGA, Benue State, Nigeria.

It’s been estimated that seventy people were killed by herdsmen in Benue, though the account from a few locals was that the attackers, who attacked innocents on Monday, the 1st January 2018, killed more than fifty people based on a count of the bodies of the dead.

Reacting to the killings, the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, said: “The federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari must rise and give us protection to show that we are true citizens of this country.” The governor recenly visited President Buhari to discuss the matter.

Muhammadu Buhari (R) and Samuel Ortom in State House, Abuja, on 9th January 2018

Muhammadu Buhari (R) and Samuel Ortom in State House, Abuja, on 9th January 2018



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