Benue killings: Gemade decries attacks, demands Jonathan’s intervention

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 11th, 2014

The chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Barnabas Gemade, and Senate minority leader, George Akume, have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently intervene in the ongoing killings in Benue State by Fulani Herdsmen.

Gemade, who represents Benue North-East at the National Assembly, urged the federal government to immediately step into the matter and conduct a thorough investigation by not only stopping the attacks but to also bring the perpetrators to book.

Gemade, in a statement by his media aide, Benji Ugba Uyeh, noted that the attention of Senator Gemade has been drawn to recent attacks on Logo, Katsina-Ala and Kwande local government areas in the Benue North-East Senatorial District.

According to Gemade, the attackers, “killed and injured dozens in Tyobibi-Gbetim, Anybe-Azege, Genyi, Dwem, Awashua, Tse-Nyaki and Anyiin in Logo local government area; Jato Aka, Yaase, Waya and Inyamate in Kwande local government area as well as Sai and some other communities in Yooyo Ward of Katsina-Ala local government area.

Gemade said that “more worrisome is also the fact that Nigerian Army was allegedly involved in the mayhem in Jato Aka, where the army seized and burnt over a hundred motorcycles belonging to members of the Benue Motorcycle Association under the guise that their men were attacked”.

The federal government, he said, should “immediately step into the matter and commence a thorough investigation, with the intent to not only stop these attacks but also to bring the perpetrators to book”.

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