Benue killings: Ortom demands prosecution of Miyetti Allah leaders

Ortom meets Buhari in Abuja to discuss herdsmen attacks

The Tor Tiv who said this yesterday while speaking with journalists in Gboko Local Government Area, reminded the President that Benue people voted massively for him and as such, it behooves on him to identify with them at a time they have been brutally attacked and are mourning.

"Something that is disturbing that I've heard about it is linking those developments (attacks) to the fact that a Fulani man is president and so, he's (Buhari) brooking such kind of evil act".

"President Buhari holds the view, as do many experts, that these conflicts are more often than not, as a result of major demographic changes in Nigeria", said an emailed statement issued by the presidency. While the Nigerian state seems to be deploying its security machinery to tackle threats to peace by militants in the Niger Delta and Boko Haram in the North-East, not much has been done to counter the threats posed by Fulani herdsmen who consider the whole country their private turf.

Mr. Idris said the police would deploy helicopter surveillance to monitor the movement of such miscreants across the state and pledged to be diligent in discharging the presidential assignment.

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Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, Joshak Habila, has said detectives are zeroing in on the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria over alleged involvement in the Benue killings. "If they (herdsmen) stop killing my people, then I will know the government is serious", Ayatse maintained.

Benue Police Commissioner Ibrahim Idris said security had been stepped up and that eight people were arrested in connection with the attack. There are so many people there.

It is a sight that has become commonplace in areas where the free-killing herdsmen have had the misfortune of setting their foot.

An investigation showed how an estimated 1,269 were killed in attacks linked to herdsmen between 2013 and 2016, but hardly had anyone been punished for the killings.

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Attacked on New Year's Day were the villages of Tse Igbudu Taraka, Tomotar, Tse Abi, Nongov, Mbashav, Mbagber, Turan and Gaambe-Tiev, all in the Guma or Logo LGAs.

The police boss said the meeting was geared toward finding lasting solution to the crisis that bedevilled some communities of the state.

"The communities came under heavy attack by well-armed herdsmen who stormed the communities late Friday night till the early hours of Saturday", he said in a statement.

Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria's population, while Muslims living primarily in the north and middle belt account for 45 percent.

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