A civil society organisation, Good Governance and Transparency Initiative, has vowed to occupy thr United States Embassy this week if nothing urgent is done to by federal and the international community to stem the tide of killings in Benue and Taraba States.
The group also said governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Darius Ishaku of Taraba State should be immediately brought to book if they are incapable of restoring peace to their states.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Jaiyeola Mohammed, the executive director, faulted the two governors for the lackadaisical attitudes, which snowballed into the senseless killings.
The group specifically came hard on Ortom for allegedly using the state’s resources to sponsor protests against the current government overseas.
Mohammed said, “The New Year killings in Benue State shocked not just the entire nation but also confounded the whole world. It sickened people to know that things degenerated so fast in a state with a Chief Executive/Chief Security Officer that refused to be on top of the situation and allowed things to get this bad under his watch. We begin to wonder what the Benue State governor, Mr Samuel Ortom has done with the security vote of his state.
“Our bigger worry, however, is the inaction that has continued to allow attention to focus on the wrong sources of the crisis. There is so much of playing the ostrich going on while the crisis festers. “Our thoughts are that the problem in Benue State would have been contained to that geographical entity and promptly dealt with to save other states from suffering the fallout of a politically and ethnically motivated crisis. A killing related to the crisis in Benue has been reported in Ekiti while Taraba, Nasarawa, Plateau and even Kaduna are practically on edge because of what has happened in that state.
“It is most unfortunate that instead of accepting reality and admitting what he did wrong to provoke the current crisis, Governor Ortom has rather engaged in looking at the cause of the problem in every other place except within himself.
“This is despite the barrage of documentary evidence of him setting up militias and placing firearms in their arms to kill herdsmen. He is yet to explain what he stands to gain from the deaths of Benue people that he knew would definitely result from reprisals from the activities of his militias.
“The Benue state governor has even taken things a step further by deploying N1 billion of his state’s fund to finance protests in major cities of the world as we earlier alerted. Not even the shame of being discovered as manipulating events was enough to dissuade this governor from this folly.
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