Saturday, 7 May 2016

Reps visit Benue: Attacks Is Setback To Food Production In #Nigeria

The House of Representatives committee on security and intelligence has said that the persisting attacks and killings of farmers in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen was a major setback for food production in the country.

The chairman of House committee on security and intelligence, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji, stated this yesterday in Makurdi during a courtesy call of the members of the committee on Governor Samuel Ortom at the People’s House.

Jaji explained that the visit was to investigate holistically the causes of the attacks and to assess the level of damage caused by the heinous activities of the assailants.

He described the wanton killings of persons as in-humane.

According to him, Benue is the major food producing state in the country and that for the agrarian state to be in an anomaly condition, it was a total undergrowth for national development.


He noted that the committee was in the attacked areas to sympathise with those that lost their loved family members and had their properties destroyed, saying peace and unity were the only tenet of security and rapid development.

Responding, Governor Ortom said the attacks which began since 2012 have ravaged more than eight local government areas including Guma, Agatu, Gwer West, Buruku, Tarka, Logo, Kwande, Makurdi among others.

Ortom stated that the herdsmen have currently sacked and occupied Moon, a council ward in Kwande LGA.

He advocated ranching as lasting solution to the attacks and appealed for help from individuals and the federal government.

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