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Benue Lawmakers Seek End To Fulani Attacks

Posted: Aug 5, 2015 at 6:18 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tor Vande-Acka, Makurdi

The Benue State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, summoned security chiefs in the state to appear before the House, following the havoc wrecked by Fulani gunmen in Turan in Kwande Local Government Area of the state.

The security chiefs were the commissioner of police, director of the State Security Service, commandant Nigeria Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) as well as the special adviser to governor on security.

The legislators want an explanation on why the Fulani attacks on communities have persisted despite measures to the check the activities of the assailants.

The summons followed a motion by the member representing Kwande East State Constituency, James Gbande, who decried the wanton destruction of lives and property occasioned by the incessant Fulani attacks on communities in the area.

While he explained that his constituents have been under perennial attacks occasioned, Gbande said so far the insurgents have destroyed about 17 primary schools; four secondary schools, three clinics and many residential homes.

He called on the Benue State government to urgently deploy security agents to the affected settlements, Anyiase, Imande-Dura, Ikyoawen and Beebeshiu, to check further activities of the insurgents and also establish a Mobile Police post at Anyiase, headquarters of Moor council, to forestall a recurrence.

Contributing other members described the motion as apt and timely and called on the House to take steps to arrest the security challenges confronting the state.

The Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, also urged the State Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials and mobile clinics to internally displaced persons in the area.