Nigerians React As Benue Govt Buries Attack Victims

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The Nigerian National Flag is flying at half mast in Benue state, north-central Nigeria as the bodies of seventy-three people killed by Armed Fulani Herdsmen in the last one week are buried.

The IGP's apology follows the demand for an unreserved apology by the leader of grieving Benue mothers, Rebecca Apezan at the stakeholders meeting convened by the Mr Ibrahim to help tackle the lingering herdsmen attacks on Benue communities.

"We call on Nigerians to identify such leaders and come out openly to say no to their activities and political ambitions for this country to grow".

"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".

President Buhari said he has responded to the latest attacks by sending troops to Benue and neighboring states to prevent further attacks.

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Three State Department officials are scheduled to testify. "We don't know the methodology that was used", Rubio said. Canadian officials were puzzled about who or what might have been behind the purported attacks.

" I, therefore, call on the Federal Government to act swiftly by putting an end to this killings; this act of impunity must stop". "Aside the global odium it will pour on the country, the current crop of federal officials may find themselves as guests at The Hague since there is all possibility that any indifference would equal an active support for the crimes being committed by officials of the second tier of government; there is the additional risk that the militias being armed by these governors would one day take on federal law enforcement personnel", he warned.

A former governor of Benue State, George Akume, urged Buhari to declare a faction of the Miyietti Allah as terrorists, saying the action of its members showed they were terrorists. This is because we want to abide by the law.

He said the herdsmen have attacked Benue 47 times in five years, attacks, he said were akin to an agenda of genocide.

Governor Sam Ortom said the clashes occurred following the enforcement of a new anti-grazing law.Ortom told CNN: "They had threatened to wipe out the whole state if we did not repeal the law, and allow their cattle to graze wherever they like". We pray for the repose if the innocent souls.

"We wish to state categorically that the Benue State Government under Governor Samuel Ortom has not recruited any militia group and armed them since the Governor assumed office", the state insisted.

He explained that the state did not have adequate land for farmers, not to talk of space for grazing.