Benue killings: Mukurdi residents mourn as victims were given mass burial

Benue killings: Mukurdi residents mourn as victims were given mass burial

Benue killings: Mukurdi residents mourn as victims were given mass burial

He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to come up with some programmes that would ensure a lasting solution to the problem for the sustenance of peace not only in the affected states but across the country.

"Now that is the Paul Unongo that I once knew!". "I consulted widely and it originated from the people themselves". If the government can't protect us, we will mobilise and train our people into an army to defend us.

"Members of the Civilian JTF received weapons from the state governor Governor Ortom and his aides replenish ammunitions for these firearms whenever they are depleted "Members of the Civilian JTF had no prior training in the use of firearms but have been promised training by the state government. I am the spiritual and ancestral leader of the Tiv nation; enough is enough", Unongo said". "If the Nigerian nation can not protect us, within two weeks we will raise an army of one million people who will defend us"- Chief Paul Unongo. "We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that".

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The former minister said the way and manner the unarmed and defenseless people of the state were murdered clearly indicated a calculated plot to inflict what he termed maximum pain and trauma on the collective psyche of the people. But we refuse to die.

While the Plateau governor is feeling vindicated by the gruesome killings in State by herdsmen, saying that he had forewarned Ortom against enacting the law, the Taraba governor is of the opinion that the state's anti-open grazing law was not targeted at any ethnic group or religious group.

The state Assembly Majority leader, Benjamin Adenyi, who spoke on behalf of the state lawmakers wondered how a Buhari, who came to Benue State during electioneering, after being elected, chose to look the other way while Benue people were being killed.

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It will summon both sides to hear their accounts, although party sources refused to say when such a hearing might take place. The most important thing now is a speedy resolution. "We need clarity as soon as possible about how this is resolved".

With the day being labeled as a "Black Thursday" for the people of Benue state, many have cried out to the government to seek justice for the deceased.

"We want an enlightened approach to this matter".

THEWILL recalls that Spokesperson of the 13 Brigade, Capt. Kayode Owolabi, had revealed that the suspects were arrested by troops of 93 Battalion deployed in Arufu, a border town between Taraba and Benue states.

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