Ortom on Benue killings: Buhari should do the needful

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A conflict between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers in Nigeria's Benue state has left 83 people dead over the course of one week, a government spokesman told Reuters.

Mr. Buhari has been accused of condoning the killings by Fulani herdsmen because of his ethnicity. Buhari should be ashamed of himself as president of this country.

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President Buhari meets Governor Ortom of Benue State. Mr President has personally informed me that if we seek help from him, he will give it to us over and above the budget we have, and when that budget is released I plead with all of you to come on board to work hard to achieve results.

One other policeman who was severely injured was stabilized in Anyiin before he was moved to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) in Makurdi while the remains of the deceased policemen were being evacuated to the morgue in Makurdi, the state capital.

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Speaking with Reuters, the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Terve Akase, attributed 71 deaths from December 31 to January 6 to killings by the Fulani. We have adequately and fully given them the logistics support to ensure that our people are protected.

"While once again, the Nigeria Police Force commiserate with Government and the people of Benue State over the loss of innocent lives, the Force implored them to cooperate with the Nigeria Police Force in this latest effort to restore lasting peace in the State. I believe that my request that the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, who had earlier threatened and I accused them directly, since June previous year, I have been writing to the leadership of security agencies, that these people are a threat to our collective interest and they must be dealt with", the governor told journalists after the meeting.

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"As you can see all the Governors of the states where we have the most challenging security problem are here. If someone has done that it must be this Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, that have done it".

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