Ukum students solicit support for victims of herdsmen attacks

By Dorathy Tor

National Association of Ukum Students (NAUS) Benue State has called for increased support for victims of herdsmen attack in the state.

The call was necessitated by the recent attack which happened in Mou and Mchia communities of Gbeji in Ukum Local Government.

National President of the association, Comrade Mathias Aondover, who spoke in Afia recently, when he visited the victims in the hospital, expressed deep concern over security lapse by the Federal Government.

He said, while many have lost their lives, majority of the people have fled their ancestral homes with many settling in neighbouring settlements without shelter and food.

Aondover recalled that armed Fulani herders living in Kente, Taraba State stormed Gbeji in the early hours of Wednesday and killed 37 people, injured more than hundred and rendered thousands homeless.

The president, on behalf of Ukum students, lamented the lackadaisical attitude of the federal government towards the security of the country and called on the youths to be at alert for self defense.

He appreciated the government of Benue State, led by Governor Samuel Ortom, as well as some notable sons of the area, who intervened and stopped the crisis from escalating and are working round the clock to restore peace in the area.

He said that it is time for the Sankera Development Association (SADA) to work together for the upliftment of their zone, stressing that matters of security should not be politicized.

While sympathizing with the victims, he prayed God to heal them and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss. He called on Individuals, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), humanitarians agencies and government at all levels to support the victims, pending their return to their ancestral homes.

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