Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said that a joint security meeting with his Nasarawa State counterpart to address borderline crimes will be convened following the success recorded by the Benue State amnesty programme.
The decision follows interactions between the Governor and the Osana of Keana, Senator Emmanuel Elayo over the perennial Fulani herdsmen and farmers clashes in border communities of the two states.
Mr Ortom, who held a similar joint security meeting with his Taraba State counterpart in the wake of the ceaseless killings in that area, says a quick solution to the Fulani-farmers crisis between the two states was necessary as the dry season sets in.
The Osana of Keana, a border community with Benue State from Guma Local Government said that the age-long relationship between farmers and Fulani’s will be restored to ensure lasting peace.
The Federal Government has condemned the killing of over 95 persons in Egba, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Sunday night.
In a statement signed by the Director of Press to the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, the Federal Government said the murder of innocent people, mostly women, children and the aged in cold blood is callous, inhuman and barbaric which would not be tolerated by the Federal Government.
Comrade Moro who described the incident as a national tragedy, called on law enforcement agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the crime with a view of making them face the full weight of the law.
The statement added that the Federal Government commiserates with the families of the dead, the affected communities and the people of the State over the destruction of their homes and farmlands.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen bearing arms have sacked residence of Egba village in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing over 90 persons, including women and children, in the early hours of Sunday, March 15.
The attack by the insurgents, according to local sources, began at about 4am when Fulani assailants stormed the village, killing their unsuspecting victims, most of whom were fast asleep, after which they razed the community, destroying economic trees, food barns and farmland.
The Fulani herdsmen were said to have gained access into the community from Loko in neighbouring Nasarawa State, and started shooting and breaking into people’s houses, hauling down whoever they met, including women and children, leaving behind a death camp.
According to a source, about 90 corpses have been recovered with many injured as search and rescue efforts have been ongoing to help survivors of the attack.
However, while confirming the killings, the Benue State Police Commissioner, Mr. Hyacinth Dagala, said that his men have arrived the village to restore peace, but could only confirm the recovery of 30 bodies from the scene.
He said that further information would be made available as to the actual casualty figure, when his men file more reports from the scene.