Benue Reps Caucus Reads Riot Act Over Herdsmen Attacks

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Following the latest attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Mkovughur village in Buruku local government area of Benue State, members of the Benue State caucus in the House of Representatives have called on the federal government to address the attacks in order to prevent retaliation.

Chairman of the caucus, Hon. Emmanuel Orker-Jev who spoke at the weekend, lamented that “this is one killing too many” and warned that the people of the state will not fold their arms and allow herdsmen to exterminate them.

Orker-Jev, also explained that such attacks was one of the reasons why the people of the state opposed the idea of ceding any area of the state for grazing.

Condemning the killing of a monarch and six other persons by the herdsmen, the lawmaker promised to sponsor a motion today to officially register the dismay of the people of the state.

“This is one killing too many and to us it is unacceptable. We cannot pretend that all is well when our constituents are being massacred by a group of blood sucking individuals. Our people are hospitable and peace loving but what they get in return is the loss of precious lives. We can no longer take it .

“I am therefore calling on the federal government to take decisive actions in bringing the perpetrators of this dastard act to justice and also provide security for our people.

“Recall that recently at his installation, the Tor Tiv, His Royal Highness, Prof. James Ayatse reiterated the position of the state to  the effect that we do not have land to cede to herdsmen; and if this  is their response to the declaration of the Tor Tiv, we urge the federal government to look into this issue with utmost concern because our people cannot fold their arms and allow the herdsmen kill all our constituents,” Orker-Jev warned.

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