Middle Belt of Blood and Tears, Average of 8 Persons Die Daily In 4 Months

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By Chibuike Nwabuko,
ABUJA (Sundiata Post) –The spate of killings across the country has risen to a worrisome condition that something drastic and urgent has to be done to reverse the ugly trend and save the people from resorting to self-help.
According to the list of killings released by the Senate, in the last four months, precisely between January 1, and 30th April 2018, no fewer than nine hundred and thirty six (936) innocent lives of our active population has been lost in the middle belt region of Nigeria alone.
This means that on the average, eight (8) persons were gruesomely murdered every day either as a result of attacks by Fulani herdsmen or reprisal attacks.

Almost on a daily basis, Nigerians have been gruesomely murdered in different parts of the North Central while the Police watch helplessly.

A breakdown of the figures released by the Senate showed that the highest level of bloodbath occurred in April 2018 when 395 people were brutally murdered.

This was followed by 274 people killed in January 2018 alone in different villages in the Middle Belt. In March and February, 194 and 73 people respectively lost their lives
Several lives have been lost simultaneously in multiple attacks which happened in different parts within the region as indicated by the data. For instance, on January 1st, 78 people were killed in Logo and Guma local government areas in Benue states. Also on the same day, 25 were killed in Keana in Awe LGA, Nasarawa while two people were killed in Awe LGA also in Nasarawa State.

On April 5th, 30 people were killed in Gwer West in Benue, while 50 people were killed in the Offa, Kwara State Bank robbery. On April 10th, 51 people were murdered in Wukari, Taraba, and 10 killed in Benue State. 38 people were killed in Guma, Benue State on April 25th while 19 people were killed in Gwer East. Still on the same day, seven people were killed in Awe Nasarawa state.

With this rate of killings per day as witnessed in the middle belt region alone, one would wonder what our security agencies especially the Police is doing to address the situation since their role is mainly the protection of law and order.

This is what the Senate wants the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris to come before it to address. The Senate has invited the IG of police three times in the past two weeks in this regard and the IG has failed to honour those invitations with a blinking eye akin to saying that the red chamber does not matter after all.

But do you blame IGP Idris? Before you blame him, recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had sometimes ago, ordered Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue state to address the insecurity in the state, an instruction the IGP did not adhere to.

Recall that it took Mr President’s visit to Benue State to discover that his “matching order” did not mean anything to the police boss.

Not many expected that the IGP will go unpunished after President Buhari’s revelation of insubordination on the part of Ibrahim Doris. But this was not to be.
The 936 killings recorded in the middle belt between January to April surpassed that of Syria between January 2 to April 22 which stood at 508, according to data from ‘Casualties of the Syria’s Civil War’ on Wikipedia.

However, rather than appear before the Senate to explain what the Police is doing to address the escalating insecurity spreading to other states like wild fire, the IGP has dismissed the Senate killing list describing it as speculative.

Police spokesman, APC Jimoh insisted that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris was invited to brief Senate on Senator Dino Melaye and not because of the killings across the country.
He said: “It is mischievous and heinous to play politics with people’s lives; even if it is a soul.
“The release is speculative and not supported by any fact. Office of the Senate President does not receive or process security report from State commands.

“The recent claim by the Senate that the reason for inviting the I-G is to brief them on the recent killings in some part of the Country is an afterthought which can be seen from the headings of their invitation letters.

“The Senate’s action to cover the appearance of the I-G on National Television is against National Security, unconventional and it negates global security practice.

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