From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Senator Joseph Waku and Benue State chairman of All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Abba Yaro have condemned in its totality the recent killings in Benue State.
The duo who spoke to Peoplesdaily on phone yesterday, decried the killings of 50 persons which they described as a reprisal to anti open grazing law recently enacted by governor Samuel Ortom.
On his part, Senator Waku called on rhe federal government to declare state of emergency on the activities of Fulani herdsmen in Benue State.
Also, Benue State chairman of All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Abba Yaro also, called on federal government to tackle the menace of herdsmen in the state.
Waku who hails from one of the communities in Guma local government that was attacked by herdsmen within two(2) days said that he personally lost relatives, farmland and other properry to the latest Fulani attacks in Guma.
He decried the sophisticated arms the herdsmen bandits brandished in the two day attack of both Guma and Logo local government areas of the state.
While stating that he still have confidence in president Buhari to tame the menace of herdsmen in the country, Waku asked the president to dispatch military personnel to the troubled areas to forestall future occurrence.
“Am directly involved in the two days attack of my community because several lives were lost as well as farm land and other properties.”
“For now I can not quantify what we lost because some of the bodies of victims of the attack were yet to be found”, Waku lamented.
He said the issue at stake now was beyond state government, saying, ‘am calling on federal government to declare a state of emergency on the herdsmen and to also dispatch soldiers permanently to the troubled areas.’
While commending governor Ortom for his efforts at maintaining peace despite the provocation from the herdsmen, Waku said that the governor would soon led a powerful delegation to the president to avail him of the peoples plights.
The state APC chairman who condemned in totality the latest killings in the state insisted that the party was in full support of anti open grazingl aw enacted by governor Ortom.
He called on federal government to show more concern on the people of the state and to join hands in condemning the act which he described as ‘act of terrorism’.