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Ortom on Benue killings: Buhari should do the needful

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari
Melissa Porter | 10 January, 2018, 04:48

Former army intelligence officer, Colonel Tony Nyiam, Rtd. has flayed the Federal Government's refusal to send soldiers after the Fulani herdsmen involved in the Benue killings as an act of double standard.

Asked what assurance he had received from both parties at the meeting, he said more security personnel, equipment and logistics had been deployed to the state.

"More units of the police special forces, counter terrorism units, and conventional policemen are already being deployed to the state as at this time today to comply in totality with the presidential order", Jimoh Moshood, police spokesperson said.

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, an Afenifere chieftain has weighed in on the recent killings by Fulani Herdsmen in Benue state, stating that the president is "Confused" and "should be ashamed of himself".

"The commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure Law and order and protection of lives and property of all Nigerians throughout the Country remains unequivocal and unwavering", Moshood said.

"We have agreed that killings in any form is not allowed and security men must apprehend such people and prosecute them".

Governor Ishaku while reacting to the proposed colony proposed by minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe said the states that have already enacted the anti open grazing bill are open to any solution to the crisis but added that Act which is already in operation in Taraba has been lauded by stakeholders.

"Why will President Muhammadu Buhari send police to Benue, why not the military?"

The governor also said Buhari had been carrying out some investigations to know the next line of action to take on the situation.

"On the issue of cattle, we have to start immediately; 16 states have given us land to work on".

"We have to deal with an urgent problem, cattle rearing and the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen, and actually bring it to a halt".