Over 200 people killed in Benue this year, group alleges




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A group, MINDA Strategic Contact Group (MSCG) has disclosed that over 200 have been by suspected herdsmen between January and April of this year in Benue .

MINDA also raised the alarm over what described as threat to exterminate Benue by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The group, while briefing reporters at the BIPC center, Makurdi, disclosed that the over 200 were scatted across such councils as Logo, Kwande, Guma, Makurdi, Gwer West, Apa, Agatu, Ado and Okpowku local government areas of the with wanton destruction of farm crops, produce and property worth billions of .

In a statement read by a former Permanent Secretary, Government House, Dr. Tivlumun Nyitse, the group called on the federal government to live to its full constitutional responsibility and security for the lives and property of the of the .

The group also condemned the recent unprovoked armed attack on Governor Samuel Ortom and the one on Abagana IDP Camp by suspected herdsmen in which seven people lost their lives and many others injured.

While calling on Buhari to rise and turn the tide against insecurity in the country, he him to arrest the drift to a failed state, eschew provincialism and be of all Nigerians so as to preserve, protect and enhance the unity of the country.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we stand with the Governor of Benue State to demand that Buhari should rise to his duties as President and Commander-in- of the of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to protect all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion or because this is the primary responsibility of government as enshrined in the constitution for which he also swore on oath to do,” the statement emphasised.