President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the country’s security agencies are committed to bringing the perpetrators of the attacks that have led to the death of 71 people in Benue State to justice.
The president made this promise after he met with Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
President Buhari tweeted on his official Twitter account (@MBuhari), “I just met with the Governor of Benue State. I assured Governor Ortom of our total commitment to the security of lives & property in Benue and elsewhere. We have deployed additional security resources to fish out the attackers, bring them to justice, and prevent further attacks.”
Since the attacks were brought to light on January 2, Governor Ortom has publicly criticised the Federal Government a couple of times for allowing the attack to happen through negligence.
He said the state had notified the Federal Government of the threat of the herdsmen after they vowed to resist the anti-grazing bill which came into effect on November 1, 2017.
In attacks allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen in Guma and Logo Local Government Area of Benue between Sunday, December 31, 2017, and Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 50 people were reportedly killed.
11 other people were killed in a fresh attack on Tombu village of Logo LGA, again by suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
According to Governor Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Terve Akase, the death toll for the attacks hit a total of 71 victims on Monday, January 8.
Earlier on Monday, the governor had declared three days of mourning in the state for the victims of the attacks. The mourning period will run from Tuesday, January 9, to Thursday, January 11, ending with a church service for the victims at the IBB square in Makurdi, followed by a mass burial.
Police charge 6 to court
The suspects were allegedly involved in the killing of 19 people in Akor village and were arraigned at a Chief Magistrate Court in Makurdi before Chief Magistrate Isaac Ajim on Friday, January 5.
Alongside the six already charged to court, the state’s police command also arrested two suspects in Logo LGA on Wednesday, January 3.