Police Parade Suspected Killer Herdsmen, Others In Benue

Police, Kidnap Suspect, Turkish School,Four herdsmen suspected to have been involved in killing of farmers and destruction of villages in Tarka Local Government Area (LGA) have been paraded by the Police in Benue state.

The Police also paraded 14 alleged cattle rustlers, alongside some cattle said to have been stolen by them.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, who paraded the suspects, confirmed the killing of two farmers in Kwande LGA by suspected herdsmen.

“Some of them are those that have rustled cows and you can see the cows there, some of them are those that were arrested at the scenes of herdsmen and farmers clashes.

“We heard there was a reprisal attack in that particular community which led to the killing of two persons, and the people (attackers) have already been identified; detectives are already out there looking for them.

“Jungle justice is not allowed, if anybody has rustled their cows, they have reasons to report and if they report, it will be treated. But for them to take the laws into their hands is not acceptable,” Mr Makama said.

He said some of the rustled cows recovered from the suspects by the Police have been return to their owners.

In another development, the Benue State Security Council, during an operation alongside the Inspector General of Police Crack Team, also recovered large cache of arms from a bunker allegedly located in the stronghold of wanted suspect, Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana.

Items recovered include a General Purpose Machine gun, grenades, assorted riffles and live ammunition among others.

The IGP’s investigation team, led by a Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Bello, has been in Zaki Biam and Katsina Ala for over two weeks, in a bid to track down the wanted suspect.

Speaking to reporters, Governor Samuel Ortom accused Ghana of hiding behind his amnesty programme to perpetrate crime in Benue state.

“You can now confirm when I said Ghana was using the amnesty to shield himself and perpetrate criminality, but this is just one armoury. We understand from information available to us that there are many more elsewhere and you can imagine the terror they did in Zaki Biam.

“I want to assure the people of Benue state that as we work together with them, and with the team I have here today, the security men that are supporting us in this state, and the directive of the President who is very passionate about the security situation in the state, we are going to overcome this,” he said.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Coloniel Edwin Jando (rtd), highlighted the details of the operations.

“These weapons were in a bunker and someone gave the Police information and they used their instruments to discover them under the ground, the bunker was broken and taken out.

“There are so many of those bunkers out there in Gbishe, and some arrests have been made with some of those arrested taken to Abuja for further investigations,” he said.

Benue Community Lauds Ortom’s Peace Initiative

Samuel-OrtomThe people of Sankera geo-political axis of Benue State, comprising Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo Local Government Areas, have lauded the peace initiative of Governor Samuel Ortom, saying it has secured their lands.

Representatives of the communities gave the commendation during the ongoing inauguration of a committee to stem herdsmen and farmers hostilities in their separate local governments.

Performing the inauguration, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Mr Edwin Jando, told members of the committee to ensure strict adherence to the terms of reference of the committee.

He said Governor Ortom was worried over the spate of attacks on farmers recently, the reason he said necessitated the initiation of the committee to forestall further occurrence.

He further asked the security formations not to allow foreign Fulanis migration to Benue except where it was ascertained that they would not come in to cause trouble.

Receiving the Security Adviser in Logo, the sole administrator, Honourable Mfaga Usua, commended Governor Ortom for deploying security operatives to Logo and for the peace initiative. He described it as timely, but appealed to the Governor to take measures to secure their borders, especially the Nasarawa border that is bounded by a thick forest which often serves as a save haven for the invaders.

In his remarks, Ter Logo, His Royal Highness, Mr Jimi Menme, applauded the Governor’s initiative and appealed to him to take steps to protect the Traditional Institution, saying that the insecurity in Sankera was taking a worrisome dimension with attacks and killing of Traditional Rulers.

He described the sacking of his subjects by Fulani herdsmen as a threat to food security.

The chairman of Logo Traditional Council appealed to the youths to embrace farming and other meaningful ventures rather than taking to crime and other social vices that brought unrest to the axis.

While commending Governor Ortom for the initiative, the Sole Administrator of Ukum Local Government, Honourable Asawa Agee, said security was everybody’s business and pledged the support of Ukum people towards actualising the dream of a peaceful Benue.

Acting ruler of Ukum, Mr Teran Kwaghbo, appealed to the Governor to sustain the fight against Fulanis invasion and other crimes saying there was no free land particularly in Ukum local government for open grazing.

The Sole Administrator for Katsina-Ala, Honourable Vera Akua and the representative of Ter Katsina-Ala and district head of Katsina-Ala Township, Mr Cliff Ioraa, observed that no society would develop in an atmosphere of chaos.

They called on youths to embrace the peace initiative of Governor Ortom, promising to abide by the terms of reference of the committee.

The inauguration of another committee will hold in Ushongo, Gboko, Buruku and Tarka Local Governments all aimed at ending herdsmen and farmers clashes.