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NIGERIA: Benue Calls for More Proactive Action to Tackle Fulani Insurgency

The Benue State Government has called for more proactive action from the federal government to tackle the problems of insurgency in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Solomon Wombo, made the call yesterday while briefing journalists in Makurdi.
Wombo said the indifference of the federal government and security agencies to the plight of the traumatised people of the state had become a source of worry for the state government.
According to the adviser, “When this clashes started, we thought it was the normal misunderstanding between Benue farmers and herders, but with the level of killings and occupation of many Tiv communities  in the last few months by the invaders, we have realised that those responsible for this carnage were not normal herdsmen but terrorists.
“They have deployed sophisticated weapons in the state and are killing our people on a daily basis, sacking our villages and communities and thereafter occupying the deserted communities.
“We have cried to the authorities, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations and the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division of the Nigeria Army have been here and after that, we have not felt their presence.
Wombo continues”the truth is that the dimension the attacks are taking have raised many questions and the inaction and delay of the federal government to act is not helping matters.
“All we saw were some police men in red caps whom they referred to as an anti terrorist squad, but as I speak to you, most local governments of the state have been affected, even the ancestral home of the paramount ruler of the Tiv race has been sacked and occupied by these terrorists and nothing tangible has been done by the authorities to stop the carnage.
“The indifference of the authorities is actually sending a bad signal that could force the people to resort to self help, which is a recipe for anarchy and also dangerous to peaceful coexistence in the country,” he said.
The adviser who cautioned the people of the state against taking up arms in the face of the bloody attacks explained that the state government was seeking a peaceful means of stemming the attacks.
“We cannot afford to compound the problem we have in our hands, that is why we have continued to plead with the people to respect the laws of the land while we hope that the right thing will be done by the authorities,” he said.

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