Suspected Herdsmen Kill Two Persons In Benue

Suspected Herdsmen Kill Two Persons In BenueThe Police have confirmed the killing of two farmers by suspected herdsmen in Alaba and Manda Ordue communities in Benue State.

According to the spokesman for the Benue State Police Command, Moses Yamu, the attack took place on Monday in Yaav Council Ward in Kwande Local Government Area of the state.

Mr Yamu said the attack is believed to have been a reprisal, following the rustling of a number of cows, out of which the Police have recovered eight.

He added that the corpses have been deposited in a mortuary at Jato Aka, while men of the Mobile Police Force have since been deployed to the area to keep the peace.

Benue Herdsmen: Police Advocate Peaceful Approach To End Crisis

Benue, Police, HerdsmenThe Benue State Police Command says that it is deploying peace pact mechanism and the carrot approach to end the persistent armed herdsmen attacks on farming communities in the state.

The new Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, disclosed this to reporters in Makurdi, the state capital in north-central Nigeria.

Mr Makama also informed journalists that his deployment briefs include ending the farmers and herdsmen crisis forthwith.

He urged opinion and community leaders to join the task of ensuring dialogue whenever there is a perceived grievance and not a resort to violence as a means of seeking justice.

Herdsmen Attacks: Benue State To Prohibit Open Grazing

herdsmen, herdsmen attacks, Benue State, GrazingThe Benue State Government has forwarded a bill to the State House of Assembly to outlaw and ban open grazing of cattle in the state in order to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this to the people of Sankera in the Benue North East senatorial district at the ongoing state-wide town hall meetings to engage the people in participatory democracy.

Mr Ortom spoke to journalist shortly after the town hall meeting and explained that the move became necessary following the incessant herdsmen attacks and recent killing of over 10 persons in Logo and Ukum Local Government last week Saturday.

Mr Ortom, while responding to the demand for protection, disclosed that an executive bill prohibiting open grazing has been sent to the state assembly.

Governor Ortom also met with the Jemgbagh clan of old Gboko province, the Igede people of Oju and Obi council areas, where he held the former administration responsible for looting and plunging the state into indebtedness.

The Sankera people are known for large scale farming of rice and yam. They came together in Katsina-Ala to demand action from the federal and state government over the killing of their people.

Herdsmen Attacks: Benue Communities Demand 100bn Naira Compensation

Herdsmen AttacksRepresentatives of Benue communities are demanding the sum of 100 billion Naira as compensation for victims of suspected herdsmen attacks in Benue State.

They put up this demand at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.

The one day public hearing was to look at the alarming influx of unidentified herdsmen into Benue State and the threat to life and property in the state.

Different community groups from the state, the Police IG and the Deputy Governor of Benue State gathered to make their contributions.

The efforts of the Police so far and the intervention of the federal government in combating the situation was on the front burner.

The committee heard from the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, who highlighted some of the steps being taken to address the crisis.

He said that they have apprehended some persons and investigations were ongoing.

While representatives of the community groups suggested how the situation can be managed, the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Benson Abounu, also put forward the measures recommended by the state government towards resolving the issues.

The lawmakers sympathized with the people of Benue State and appealed to the representatives of the community groups to let peace reign while efforts are being by the government made to bring the situation under control.


Herdsmen Attacks: APC Governors Endorse Cattle Ranches

Herdsmen Attacks, APC Governors, Cattle RanchesThe Progressive Governor’s Forum on Thursday endorsed cattle ranching against the proposed grazing reserve areas, to minimize the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen across the country.

The APC governors arrived at the decision in Makurdi the Benue State capital where a delegation from the forum paid a solidarity visit to the Benue State Governor over the killings of farmers by armed herdsmen operating in the state.

Community and opinion leaders gathered to listen to the much need message of hope and ways of ending the armed herdsmen killings of Benue farmers in the villages.

The host governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, briefed the APC governors on the criminal activities of the herdsmen and lamented the inability of the security agencies to make a single arrest of the invaders.

Moved by the agonizing stories of how human lives were being wasted in the state, the APC governors, asked Nigerians to hold them responsible if the government fails to secure their lives.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Imo State, Mr Rochas Okorocha, said this as he warned against the consequences of ignoring the herdsmen attacks on Benue communities.

The Governor of Niger State, Abubarka Bello, also added the forum’s voice to the campaign for the establishment of ranches instead of the proposed grazing reserve areas.

He said that ranches will minimize frictions between farmers and herdsmen.

Before the visiting Progressive Governors left the state, Governor Ortom treated them to a change of clothes into the Benue unity attires to underscore the need for peace across the country.

Residents Protest Herdsmen Attacks in Benue

Residents Protest Herdsmen Attack in BenueThe attacks on nine council areas of Benue State by herdsmen have continued to attract reactions from the Agatu community.

Civil rights activists and survivors of the attack have gone on a protest in Makurdi, the Benue State capital to air their grievances.

They are calling for the intervention of the state and federal authorities in the crisis.

The children of the community also joined their parents to protest against the violence which had left hundreds of people dead and others displaced.

One of the protesters accused the Benue State Police Command of bias, an allegation the Commissioner of Police denied.

“We invited the young man to this office and I told him (that) from the security information we had at hand, he should postpone this disposition until next week because hoodlums are going to catch down on the situation,” the Police Commissioner said.

As the residents of Agatu community drew attention to the situation to prevent re-occurrence, they also requested for the deployment of special security forces to maintain peace in Benue State in Nigeria’s central region.