A PDP governorship aspirant in Benue State, Prof Eugene Aliegba has threatened a court action on the military for invading Naka town, his ancestral home even as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently end the ongoing killings by herders/military rascality of innocent citizens in Benue State.
Prof. Aliegba made this call in Makurdi while reacting on the attacks by the military on the peace loving people of Naka, Gwer West local government, over the allegation of killing of an army officer where two lives were lost and over 300 houses were burnt.
Aliegba described the reprisal attack by the military as lawless, uncivilised, brutal and a calculated attempt to provoke the law abiding citizens of Gwer West.
He added that as it stands now, the people of Agatu, Guma, Logo, Okpokwu, Gwer West, Kwande and Ukum local government areas were under siege and appealed to the federal, state governments and relevant security operatives including, Army, Police Department of State Security Services and others to as a matter of urgency stop the senseless killings in Benue State.
Aliegba further called on Benue state government to set up internally displaced camps in Gwer West where presently ten out of fifteen council wards are running helter skelter in Naka town without shelter.
Aliegba who was a former commissioner in Benue State, also called for a thorough investigation into the incident that led to the loss of lives and property in Naka phase II as he appealed to non-governmental organisations, public spirited individuals and the international community to come to the aid of IDPs, as well as ensure rehabilitation and resettlement of the areas devastated by the herders crisis in the state.
He charged the Nigerian army never to deviate from their primary responsibility of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria as failure to do so will force the citizens to heed to the statement credited to General Theophilus Danjuma of self-defence.
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