The Minister of Interior, General Abdurrahman Dambazau (rtd), has revealed that the federal government will deal with the perpetrators of violence in Agatu community in Benue State, where hundreds of people were killed weeks ago by Fulani herdsmen.
Former Senate President, David Mark, had said that over 500 of his people were killed and 10 communities in Agatu Local Government Area razed in what he described as “genocide.”
In a statement in Abuja yesterday, Dambazau, who commiserated with the government and people of Benue State, said the government would deal “decisively” with perpetrators.
He further stated that the perpetrators of the dastardly acts were “unwittingly testing the will and capabilities” of the government, and that the present administration would not fail in its duties to ensure the security and welfare of the people as enshrined in the constitution.According to a press statement signed by the minister’s spokesman, Mr. Osaigbove Ehisienmen, “The Minister of Interior has received with shock the sad news of incessant attacks on innocent Nigerians in Agatu and other communities in Benue State by unknown gunmen.” The statement added that the minister had earlier directed the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr., Solomon Arase, to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the communities, saying the government would not relent in its responsibility to protect its people.
Meanwhile, former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has pointed accusing fingers at President Muhammadu Buhari for purportedly not doing the needful to put an end to the mindless killings being carried out by Fulani herdsmen in Agatu. Fani-Kayode in a statement yesterday joined other Nigerians to bemoan the mindless killings that have claimed hundreds of lives without appropriate action to put an end to it.
“A friend of mine just came back from Agatu. He is an online journalist and he went with a team of his professional colleagues. He told me that at least 500 people were slaughtered by the Fulani herdsmen and militants in Agatu and no less than 9 villages were sacked and burnt to the ground over there.
“Worse still the Fulani did not just kill their victims but they have also occupied what is left of their villages, towns and land. My friend actually saw the conquering and victorious Fulanis militants because they have taken full control of the land and towns of their victims. He and those that were with him were actually shot at by the militants when they sighted them. He said the whole area now looks like a major war zone and it is utterly destroyed and devastated.
“What a mess. Yet no CNN, BBC or Al Jazeera coverage and hardly anything about it has been reported in our local media. Are the 500 Idomas that were killed in Agatu not human beings?
“Thousands of people have been displaced and many families have lost their homes and loved ones at the hands these Fulani herdsmen and cattle rearers who come from another world yet no-one appears to care.
“Meanwhile our president openly encourages this genocide and ethnic cleansing with his criminal negligence and complicit silence. Enough is enough. This bloodletting by the Fulani herdsmen is nothing less than a curse on our nation and the more we tolerate such destruction and mass murder and turn a blind eye to it, the more God will make us suffer as a people,” he alleged.
He said further that: “Injustice and wickedness to others, particularly to the weak, innocent, vulnerable and defenceless in our society, attracts God’s wrath,” and that as such, “President Buhari needs to put a stop to the carnage that his kinsmen are unleashing on the Nigerian people. I am calling him out and I am speaking for those that do not have a voice and the victims of these barbaric acts. “He must protect the Nigerian people. He must call the perpetrators of these diabolical acts to order and he must punish them.”
BENUE KILLINGS: FG Vows to Deal with Perpetrators
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