Saturday, 6 January 2018

Police Begin Air Surveillance Of Benue Communities

The police have commenced air surveillance of troubled areas in Benue State in a bid to ward-off attackers who have killed over 20 people in the past few days. Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habila Joshak, told newsmen in Makurdi yesterday that more personnel have been deployed.

Joshak said the approach is meant to put an end to the incessant invasion of gunmen on rural dwellers. He warned those who may want to disobey the anti-grazing law recently implemented in the state, of a tough time with the police.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Benue command, ASP Moses Joel Yamu, confirmed the death of two other people in another attack on Anyim in Logo LGA, carried out on Wednesday.

In a related development,  the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said that he would withdraw from all political activities until the problem of herders invasion of the Benue valley was over. “I cannot be a leader over dead people. 2019 is in God’s hand. This time, there is need for synergy, cooperation and unity among Benue people across party lines,” he said.

The governor, who spoke during an emergency stakeholders meeting held at Government House in Makurdi yesterday, also urged all Benue sons and daughters to team up with his administration irrespective of their tribe, religion and political affiliation to bring to an end the incessant invasion of Benue communities.

Ortom intimated that DIG Joshak was also in the state with a chopper for surveillance, adding that a special anti-terrorism force of the police will be arriving the state today.

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