Benue State Governor will take stringent measures to check incessant herdsmen attacks on communities, Deputy Governor Benson Abounu has said.
Abounu, who was fielding questions from reporters, condemned Tuesday’s attack on Tse Aondo, Tse Ankyou and Igbogom in Ukum council. Seven persons were killed and several houses destroyed in the crisis.
Abounu, who said the herdsmen came from Taraba State, lamented that despite the government’s efforts to halt them, the attacks have continued.
He described as ridiculous, claims by the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong that both states had agreed to take a World Bank loan for cattle grazing.
He said Benue was yet to apply for the loan, even as he reiterated that the loan was not for grazing.
The Berom communities in Plateau State have petitioned the State Security Council over renewed attacks by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The groups, under their umbrella organisation-Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO), warned that if the security agencies failed to protect them, they would be forced to defend themselves.
In the petition dated May 30 and addressed to the Chairman of the State Security Council, BECO said it decided to take the action following the recent attacks by the herdsmen.
The petition, signed by General Secretary Davou Choji Davou and Chairman, Committee on Media and Publicity, Sam Godongs reads: “For the avoidance of doubt, in the last one month, four Berom people have been killed in Zim, Kwok, Dajak-Shopp and Hoss, while other dastardly acts have been witnessed in Byei, Jol and Shonong.
“These communities are being pushed to the wall by forceful displacements, siege, reign of terror, ambushes and other forms of violence. The development is causing fear, anxiety and tension, which might possibly erupt into violence.
“It is in view of the above that BECO is constrained to write the State Security Council because the raining season is most critical to the Berom people who are predominantly peasant farmers. Presently, Berom farmers are in dire need of protection and security as they work their farm lands.”
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