Benue Massacre: Mark Tasks Security Agencies on Culprits

Worried by the massacre of his constituents in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, the Senate President, David Mark, has tasked security operatives to leave no stone unturned in fishing out the assailants and bringing them to justice.
Scores of indigenes of Egba community, in the Council, were ambushed and murdered by the assailants believed to be Fulani herdsmen, in the wee hours of Sunday.
Reacting to the incident after some of his constituents briefed him on the development, Mark expressed sadness over the incident and wondered why his constituents would continue to be killed at will, by their supposed neighbours.
An angry Mark said: “This is condemnable. This guerrilla warfare must be stopped. All hands must be on deck to put an end to this.
“Whatever the issue is, resorting to violence or killings cannot bring a solution. We must come together and resolve the matter. This animalistic and barbaric act is condemnable by any right thinking members of the society.”
He, therefore, called for an aggressive security operation to fish out the killers in order to bring them to justice and end the carnage.
The governments of Benue and Nasarawa states, had, last year, waded into the intractable conflict between Agatu and the Fulani herdsmen, during which a peace pact was signed.
However, Mark was of the view that a joint commission, specifically to address the problem, has become paramount to forestall further outbreak of violence and killings.
In the meantime, the Senate President has requested the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to help provide relief materials to displaced persons in the war-ravaged area, even as he pleaded with the people to remain law-abiding as government finds solution to the crisis.

About the author

Ihesiulo Grace

Leave a Comment