Friday, 5 January 2018

Benue Killings: Search Your Conscience, PDP Tells Presidency

The Peoples Democratic Party has described the recent massacres in Benue, Rivers, Kaduna and other states as extremely wicked and horrifying.

While commiserating with the families of the victims, the opposition party asked the presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress to search their conscience over the tragedies.

In a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, PDP said it was inexcusable that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal Government failed to take measures that could have averted the killings, particularly in Benue State.

There were attacks on communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of Benue state between Monday and Tuesday which led to the death of at least 20 persons and many others injured.

Before the attacks, gunmen in Rivers State opened fire on people returning from the church in the early hours of New Year Day.

Also in Kaduna State, some persons were killed on Monday night in separate attacks on two villages in Sanga Local Government Area.

Following the attacks in Benue,angry youth and residents marched in protest on the street on Wednesday in Makurdi, the state capital. Some residents were seen fleeing the state with their properties.

PDP said the APC and the Presidency reacted to the incidents only after the PDP and well-meaning Nigerians took them to task.

“The height of insensitivity of the APC Presidency became glaring in its reaction, wherein a media aide issued some apathetic and indifferent lines without any precise commitment towards bringing the perpetrators to book and assurances of adequate security to forestall a reoccurrence,” the PDP said in the statement.

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