BENUE ATTACKS: ORTOM SEEKS JUSTICE

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BENUE ATTACKS: ORTOM SEEKS JUSTICE

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom had seeks for justice on the suspected herdsmen militia in Benue State.

According to the Chairman of Okpokwu Local Government Area, Mr Ogwuche Olofu, disclosed to the Governor, during his visit to Omusu community where twenty-four persons were killed after the suspected herdsmen attacked Omusu village.

The Benue State Police Command revealed that 15 persons were killed, mainly women and children, by the suspected herdsmen when the community was attacked.

It was disclosed that the attack had left about 20 victims in a critical conditions in the hospital also food crops and houses were burnt down by the assailants.

Ortom described the attack to been an unfortunate one, adding that such barbaric act is unacceptable in the 21st century.

He called for the arrest of the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore whom he accused of sponsoring suspected herdsmen militia

Ortom also directed the State Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials to the displaced persons

He further appealed with the community members not to embark on any form of reprisal

A survivor, Innocent Ojobo, who had lost his elder brother to the herdsmen, called on the Federal Government to provide support for the Open Grazing Prohibition Law which would help herdsmen confine their animals and avert the spate of killing in the state.

It was recalled that the herdsmen had earlier reported an attack on them, alleging that two person and some cows were missing.

However, it was disclosed that the investigations into the allegation was ignored, as they went ahead to launch a reprisal leading to the loss of lives and property.

According to Channels News, Governor Ortom had issued a directive for necessary arrangement for another mass burial to be held for victims of the fresh attack on Friday next week, March 16.

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Ifeoluwa Adetoun and Jennifer Idika


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