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FRESH: Again, herdsmen kill 2 policemen in Benue

13 Janvier 2018

Hundreds of people have been killed in various attacks by herdsmen in Nigeria's central states of Benue, Nasarawa, and Plateau, in the past one year. Similar attacks were also launched at Agba-Uko near Azege village and Tse-Aga village of Logo LGA.

The government faces growing calls to declare the herders terrorists and to outlaw open grazing across Nigeria, a step some states have already taken.

An anti-open grazing law came into effect in the state last November, but reports of herdsmen sightings are still rife.

On his twitter page, Skales wrote: "Buhari is the worst president in the world yes I said it ....this human abuse has to stop ...u lied to us wen I wanted to be voted in ...shame!"

"The federal government has made some efforts but I am not satisfied with the efforts". He announced three days' mourning and said the attack victims would be given mass-burial.

According to a statement on Tuesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose also berated the likes of former President Olusegun Obasanjo for keeping silent while thousands of Nigerians were being killed by herdsmen. Two police officers have also been murdered.

"We have deployed additional security resources to fish out the attackers, bring them to justice, and prevent further attacks". It was failure to apprehend culprits in the past, instead blaming the attacks on unseen "herdsmen", that enabled these bad attacks to continue.

"In 2013, particularly, there were nine cases of herdsmen invading communities in Benue state alone and more than 190 people were killed". "The true casualty figures may not be known now, but we are hoping that in weeks to come we shall have detailed information on these attacks".

"President Buhari holds the view, as do many experts, that these conflicts are more often than not, as a result of major demographic changes in Nigeria", said an emailed statement issued by the presidency.

"I am happy that every religion emphasises this, and it is something important we can do to support the present administration by praying and fasting for our leaders".

Mr. Ortom said the refusal of the security agencies to act and their lackadaisical attitude on the matter led to the mayhem of January 1.

Benue state Police Command who went on an aerial surveillance operation led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operation, DCP Abdul Gimba, had a stopover at Awashuwa where the corpses of slain policemen were being evacuated.

The police boss said the meeting was geared towards finding lasting solution to the crisis that bedevilled some communities of the state.

FRESH: Again, herdsmen kill 2 policemen in Benue