Fayose Visits Benue State Over The Recent Killings By Suspected Fulani Herdsmen

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At the graveside of the slain 73 persons, Senator George Sekibo offered prayers for the repose of their souls.

Fayose advised Benue people to rally round Ortom, in defending the law enacted to end lingering skirmishes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

It expressed shock that whereas victims of killings and criminalities in various parts of Rivers state were licking their wounds and wondering where help would come from, but their governor was busy donating money in another state, creating the impression that all was well in Rivers state.

But reacting on Thursday, Chris Finebone, Rivers APC Publicity Secretary, said it was shocking that the governor will donate such an amount of money in Benue, and ignored victims of killings in Rivers state. For the protection of your people, the peace of your people.

Governor Fayose who was received by Governor Samuel Ortom from the airport, alongside top officials headed to the site of the mass grave where a minute silence was observed in honour of the victims of attacks on New Year 's Day.

The Committee had enumerated the opinion of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris who accused the Tivs of being the ones fuelling the crisis in Benue, saying they were the ones attacking and killing the Fulanis as against the impression that the Fulanis were the aggressors.

Ortom thanked Rivers state for the solidarity as a demonstration of true brotherhood, revealing that the graveyard for the 73persons was set up as a memorial for those killed by Fulani herdsmen.

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The lawmaker faulted claims by the IGP on the arrest of some persons connected with the killings, pointing out that "As we speak, people are being killed in Benue, Nasarawa, Zamara, Taraba states". He is only working in line with his belief that he is the de facto leader of PDP.

" Nobody can take such powers away from you, they are constitutional; stand by your law, the law is for your state and not for the federal government".

Fayose warned that the law "must not be compromised".

Mr. Gbillah in his lead debate reminded the House of the public condemnation of the alleged statements by the IGP and the derogatory statement made by the Police PRO against the Executive Governor of Benue State on Channels Televisions Sunrise Daily of Tuesday 6th February 2018 where the PRO called the Governor "a drowning man" while responding to questions about the alleged statements by the Inspector General and the call for his resignation and lack of confidence in his stewardship expressed by the Benue State government.

For the education of our honourable members of the legislature both at the federal and state levels, their responsibility is to make laws for the good of the society, while the function of the Police and other security agencies is to enforce the laws made.

In the words of Governor Ortom, "Yes, we are mourning, we are grieved by the actions of these killers but if those who are responsible for providing security had heeded our alarm, those people may not have been killed".

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