Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Benue Seeks Judicial Commission On Herdsmen Killings

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on the Federal Government to institute a judicial commission of enquiry into the killings in Agatu and other parts of the state by Fulani herdsmen.

The Governor, who made the call yesterday in Makurdi when he hosted stakeholders from Apa and Agatu local government areas of the state, said the commission should, among other things, investigate and document the magnitude of the destruction in the affected communities.

He said the state was already compiling statistics on the crisis with a view to forwarding same to the Federal Government for necessary action.

While lamenting the magnitude of the destruction in Agatu, Makurdi, Guma, Tarka, Buruku, Gwer and Gwer West, Katsina-Ala, Kwande, Logo and other councils, Ortom insisted that the devastation exceeded what Boko Haram did in the North East.

According him: “It is obvious that the destruction and devastation in the affected communities is far reaching and as it is, we lack the capacity to rehabilitate the affected areas.” Earlier, leader of the delegation and Odejo K’ Apa, Chief John Antenyi had commended the Governor for appointing prominent indigenes of the area into the state executive council.

He commended the governor’s intervention which brought peace to troubled Agatu communities and provision of relief materials to the displaced persons. Chief Antenyi also solicited the rehabilitation of destroyed communities, establishment of a military base in the area to forestall further invasion and provision of a tertiary institution and other basic infrastructure in the area.

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