By Matthew Ajai-Kume
The 2023 gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue state, Revd Fr Hyacinth Alia has condemned the attack on the people of Yelewata in Guma Local Government Area of the state that led to the loss of many lives and others being seriously injured.
The people of Yelewata community and its environs in Guma LGA were attacked yesterday by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen militia.
A statement by the Director of Communications, Alia and Ode – Alialization ’23 Campaign Organization, Tersoo Kula which was made available to newsmen said, his principal condemned the attack in strong terms while he particularly stated that he was saddened that precious lives were lost in the attack and the locals made to suffer physical and psychological trauma of different degrees.
“I wondered why the attacks are coming against the border communities at a time the people should be preparing to harvest their crops,” Alia lamented.
The statement further read that: “These are communities that are majorly agrarian. They were prevented by these same attackers from farming at the scale they usually do.
“Could this be a deliberate plan to ensure our people don’t farm again? Is it that these attackers want total famine to befall us?”
According to the statement, Fr Alia called on the state and federal governments to be more serious with ensuring the protection of lives and properties by working together in providing adequate security to ensuring the attackers are properly tackled, in order to prevent reoccurrence.
Meanwhile, the Senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for Benue North West District, Titus Zam has also condemned in totality the killing of people in Yelewata community of Nyiev, Guma Local Government.
A statement by Personal Assistant to Zam on Media, Terungwa Nunde stated that, his principal expressed deep sadness when he received the news of the gruesome murder of innocent souls of the Ihyarev extraction in Guma.
He noted with utmost dismay why the heinous acts will continue to be carried out unabated. The former council chairman mentioned that it’s unfortunate these attacks started barely 24 hours after he was warmly received into the community, where he interacted and charged the people on unity.
Zam sympathised with families of slain victims and called for a thorough investigation into the continuous attacks in the land.
He pledged that if elected as a senator, he will collaborate with other stakeholders in the district to end the frequent menace and called on all citizens to remain calm, assuring an end was in sight.