Benue Killings: Ortorm Asks Buhari To Deploy More Troops

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy more troops following the killing of 134 persons over the past five days in Otukpo, Apa, and Guma local government areas (LGAs).

Governor Samuel Ortom And President Muhammadu Buhari
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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy more troops following the killing of 134 persons over the past five days in Otukpo, Apa, and Guma local government areas (LGAs).

Ortom made the call during a visit to the Mgbam community in the Nyiev council ward of the Guma LGA, where 36 people, including IDPs, were killed and 40 others injured by suspected herdsmen on Friday night.

On Monday, 47 people were slain in Apa LGA’s Ikobi village, including the traditional ruler, who was killed alongside his subjects, followed by the massacre of another 51 people in Otukpo LGA’s Umogidi community on Wednesday, leaving rural communities fearful of assaults.

Following the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, suspected herdsmen began attacks on rural communities in Benue State’s Kwande, Guma, and Gwer West LGAs.

Ortom voiced his displeasure that IDPs and rural communities in the state had become easy targets for suspected herdsmen, citing 134 deaths.

During his visit to the Mgbam village, Ortom bemoaned the ongoing killings and begged the President for assistance.

Survivors, on the other hand, are being treated at the state university teaching hospital in Makurdi.

‘Attackers Must Be Dealt With’

Buhari, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, denounced the “extreme violence” and killings of hundreds of people in Benue State within a week on Saturday.

The President condemned the “use of terrorism as a tool in inter-communal conflicts,” ordering that the assailants “be found and dealt with” as soon as possible under the law.

He asked the DSS, the Nigeria Police Force, and military commanders to increase monitoring on all fronts and to conduct an immediate review of security management in the impacted areas.

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