By Matthew Ajai-Kume
Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly Titus Uba has called on the Federal Government (FG) to allow the people of Benue State to bear arms, particularly AK-47 to protect their lives and property.
Uba made this known Thursday during plenary, when responding to a motion presented to the House by Majority Whip, Thomas Mlanga, Member representing Ukum Constituency over the gruesome murder of people of Gbeji community in Ukum Local Government Area of the state by armed Fulani herdsmen.
The speaker, who is also the 2023 governorship flag bearer of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state condemned the gruesome murder of the innocent people of the state, particularly the recent Gbeji community attack.
Uba stated that “if the Federal Government is unable to protect us, it should allow us to buy guns and protect ourselves.”
He lamented the continuous killings by armed Fulani herdsmen in the state and the entire country, while he called on security agencies to wake up to their duties and responsibilities of protecting lives and property of the people.
Earlier, in the motion, Mlanga prayed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide relief materials to displaced persons, state government to take care of the injured persons, security agencies to rise up on their duties and responsibilities of protecting lives and property, as well as called on members of the National Assembly from Benue State to continue to speak on the issue of incessant killings in the state by armed Fulani herdsmen.
Seconding the motion, Member representing Logo State Constituency, Kuranen Yagba decried the incessant killing of Benue indigenes by armed Fulani herdsmen. He stated that government has to wake up to its responsibility of protecting lives and property.
Meanwhile, Uba has expressed sadness over the attack on Gbeji community, describing it as unwarranted and despicable.
In a statement by the Speaker’s Chief Press Secretary, Wuese Orshi, Uba regrets that in spite of efforts being made by Governor Samuel Ortom led administration to defend and protect the people from such wanton attacks, the armed bandits have continued to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens of the state.
“I sympathize with families of the dead and injured, including security personnel that laid down their lives in defence of the people,” he stated.
“I call on security operatives in the state to intensify surveillance in the villages, most especially in attack-prone areas to avert further killing of Benue people,” the statement partly read.