Monday, 3 August 2015


Following recent killings in the Benue North-East senatorial district, which claimed the life of elder statesman, Chief Atoza Ihindan, immediate past Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has called for 24-hour security patrols and surveillance of vulnerable communities in the state.

Moro also called on the state government to arrest and prosecute all the masterminds of the heinous killings.

He made the call at the weekend in Otukpo at the occasion of the award of N50 million scholarships by the Senator David Mark foundation.

According to him, “From the beginning, I said it that the increased wave of killings certainly could not be ordinary, and we will not take the excuse of banditry or robbery for it.

“If you look at the circumstances surrounding the killings, they looked premeditated and orchestrated and were taken in turns and it was not a coincidence that only members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the victims.

“It is certainly the responsibility of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the state to take responsibility for the situation that is on ground and to ensure the security of the people.”

The former minister said: “We must see definite action being taken, it is not about sermonising, this is not the time to trade blames, it is about taking concrete actions that will elicit some level of confidence in the people.

“It must be clear to everybody, because I’m a PDP member and I find it ridiculous that PDP members are being killed and in a particular part of the state. It is not right; somebody must take charge of the situation.

“We want to see the state government ensuring 24 hours security patrol and surveillance of the vulnerable communities, secondly, strenuous efforts must be made to arrest the masterminds of the killings because they are not ghosts they are there they kill almost every day.”

He also urged security agencies to wake up to their responsibilities in order to stem the tide in the interest of the citizenry.

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