Metro Nigeria: Federal Response to the Attacks and Killings by Herdsmen in Benue and other States


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The Federal Governement has issued a statement in response to the attacks and killings of innocent citizens in Benue and other states in the country by suspected herdsmen.

According to the government, insinuations and allegations that the attacks and killings are happening because President Buhari is Fulani are both unkind and incorrect.

"These attacks long predated the Buhari Government. In 2013 no fewer than nine cases of herdsmen attacks were recorded in Benue State alone, with more than 190 people killed. In 2014 there were no fewer than 16 recorded attacks, in Benue, which claimed more than 230 victims. Between January and May 2015, six attacks left more than 300 people dead, again in Benue State alone: See here and here for examples.

"This historical context is important for a proper understanding of the issue, and to avoid unnecessarily politicizing what should be regarded and dealt with as acts of criminality. These attacks have been a longstanding issue, and successive governments have struggled to contain the situation.

"The Buhari Administration is more than fully committed to bringing the cycle of violence to an end, prosecuting the attackers, and preventing further killings and attacks. The security agencies have standing instructions to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms.
 

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