President Muhammadu Buhari today assure the people of Benue State that the perpetrators of the dastard killings that has engulfed the state will not go unpunished, “including any illegally armed militia in the state”.
The President on Monday disclosed after a closed-door meeting with leaders from the state led by the governor. In a statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the President was said to have ordered relevant agencies to the commenced provision of humanitarian needs.
“Your Excellency, the governor, and all the leaders here, I am appealing to you to try to restrain your people. I assure you that the Police, the Department of State Security and other security agencies had been directed to ensure that all those behind the mayhem get punished.
“I ask you in the name of God to accommodate your countrymen. You can also be assured that I am just as worried, and concerned with the situation,’’ he said.
Mr President also told the Benue delegation that his administration is already looking into ways of finding a lasting solution to the problem of continuous clashes between farmers and herdsmen and that he had directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to relocate to the state to ensure the safety of lives and properties. He called on the people of the state to trust the security agencies and report all suspicious cases of movements in the state.
The Benue State delegation includes; Governor Samuel Ortom, Tor-Tiv, James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, the State Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu; former Senate President, David Mark; former Benue State Governor, George Akume and Sen. Barnabas Gemade.
Others include Sen. JK Waku, Lawrence Onoja, John Atom Kpera, former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, Terkimbir Kyambe, and other members of the National and State Assembly from the State