MUT appeals for military posts in Benue trouble hotspots

By Faith Igbudu

Mdzough u Tiv (MUT) has asked for military posts at Gbeji in Ukum Local Government Area; Chembe, in Logo Local Government Area and Agatu in Agatu Local Government Area as a way to forestall more killings in Benue State.

MUT made the appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari in a press conference on the recent killing of innocent persons in Gbeji, Ukum LGA of Benue State by Fulani herdsmen and other related issues.

The group maintained that such decisive measures will offer more protection to the people and show the current administration’s  willingness to bring the unwanton killings to a stop.

President of the association, CP Iorbee Ihagh in his remark, condemned the incident saying, “the attack on Gbeji is one among many other senseless and unprovoked killings of innocent peasant farmers across 10 LGAs of Benue State by the marauding herdsmen, which has left behind over 1.5 million persons displaced across Benue.

“Last Wednesday, 19th October, 2022, exactly one week ago, armed Fulani herdsmen militia attacked Gbeji, a community in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State and killed about 39 persons…

“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to go the whole hog and set up military posts at Gbeji in Ukum LGA; Chembe, in Logo LGA and Agatu in Agatu LGA. We believe that the establishment of these military posts will go a long way to check the incessant attacks and subsequent killing of innocent people across Benue State.

“It is also our firm belief that the establishment of the military posts will pave way for the return of the over 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs back to their ancestral homes,” he said.

MUT further restated that the armed Fulani herdsmen that have continued these unabated attacks must be made to account for their deeds, “hence we are in agreement with President Muhammadu Buhari, who has pledged to investigate the incident.”

While commending the military and its sister agencies for their efforts to ensure that it wades off attacks of armed herdsmen militia against Benue communities, the group says it has rejected the condolence offered by Atiku, “which we also view as a mockery.”

“We also want to use this medium to call on the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to APOLOGIZE to Governor Samuel Ortom for the unwarranted verbal attacks he unleashed on Governor Ortom at the Kaduna meeting.

“We make this demand with emphasis because some of the Fulani cattle groups have owned up to the killings in the state, time and again,” MUT stated.

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