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Benue cancels mass burial as Buhari visits state on Monday

Benue cancels mass burial as Buhari visits state on Monday Benue cancels mass burial as Buhari visits state on Monday
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 10:58

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari disregarded freedom of the press in Benue on Monday as correspondents of The PUNCH, ThisDay, Vanguard, Tribune, New Telegraph, The Nation and others were barred from covering the President's visit.

PoliticsNGR recalls that not less than 158 persons have been reported killed in the state as a result of sustained herdsmen attacks in the state since the January 11th, an event that led to a mass burial and protest by youths in Makurdi, the state capital.

He, however, said that the meeting was not the best place to expose the inefficiency of his appointees, and appealed to Benue people to exercise restraint and live in peace with their neighbors. "I am genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them", he said.

He said that the insecurity in some states was a major concern to his government, adding that concerted efforts were being made to restore normalcy to every part of the country.

"What I did was to call him and give him the directive".

Our correspondent noted that security operatives from Abuja took over the activities at the state's seat of government.

Buhari is scheduled to meet with the state Governor Samuel Ortom and stakeholders at the state's Government House.

Akputu appealed to the president to compensate and rebuild the homes of the displaced farmers to enable them go back to farming, now that the rain is approaching. "People would believe me, but I will be disloyal if I do that".

Mr Owoicho maintained that the cordial working relationship between the Presidential Committee and the state government had brought about a synergy whereby facilities had been provided to guarantee the welfare of the IDPs, and expressed the Committee's sympathy to the state over the situation.

He said aside taking steps to address the security crisis in Benue, it was important for President Buhari to increase federal presence in the state.

While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.

The president said this during a meeting with stakeholders in the north central state.