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Benue killings: FG opts for full military options – Presidency

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Federal Government has opted for full military force to deal with the bandits believed to be behind the killings in parts of the country especially regarding the crisis often associated with herdsmen, authoritative sources say.

A Presidency source, who wanted to remain anonymous, disclosed that this was one of the outcomes of the Working Group formed less than two weeks ago by the National Economic Council with nine governors, and chaired by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in a renewed bid to end the impunity that has marked the activities of the bandits resulting in several deaths and maiming especially the recent case of Benue State.

The source also confirmed that the military were already engaged and would soon begin to implement decisive military steps to tackle the situation. Also the Nigerian Police and other security agencies have been asked to recruit more rank and file to tighten security in the troubled spots and in the country generally.

The source also hinted that the role of bandits and suspected mercenaries in what has become known as herdsmen/farmer clashes provoked the need for a fresh approach to dealing with the crisis.

According to the source, the view in official circles is that the reported killings and violence recorded are the work of bandits and mercenaries since in many cases the herdsmen are often well-known in the communities where their cattle normally graze.

The Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Ganguje who read out highlights and decisions of the last NEC had said the Working Group “will work in accordance with the President’s commitment to ensuring that all perpetrators of violence are brought to book.”

The Working Group which consists of Governors from Zamfara, Kaduna, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Ebonyi and Oyo States actually commenced its work with a meeting presided over by the VP right immediately after NEC at the Presidential Villa.

The source disclosed that at the end of the inaugural meeting, “it was clear a major turning point had been reached in the management of the crisis and sufficient consensus recorded on the need to stop the impunity by engaging the military in a more decisive manner.”

They also concluded that the crisis also required a political solution considering the religious and ethnic tones that could easily become further exacerbated and possibly worsen the situation if proper and timely care is not taken.

According to the source, “Indeed one of the firm outcomes of the Working Group’s meeting was the expressed readiness of the FG to locate and identify the bandits who perpetrate the killings and the violence, and using all necessary means including military involvement to flush them out of their hideouts in forests across the country as a definite move to secure the life and property of Nigerian citizens.

“The Working Group has also resolved to work with the federal government to strengthen law enforcement and all security and intelligence agencies in the country so they can coordinate better in dealing with, checkmating, and preventing the crisis from further escalation.”

On how to permanently address the basis of the herdsmen and farmer clashes, the source maintains that the view has been taken that every State should by a rigorous consultative process with all stakeholders design its own solutions.

“The Federal government will not impose any solution on any State. The Vice President assured all that the Federal government would certainly not imposed its ideas on the States and noted that fears being expressed on cattle colonies are misplaced.”

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  1. Peter Okeke 29th January 2018 at 3:40 pm

    If the federal government seethe need for every state to design solutions thatewill suit them in flushing out the armed Fulani herdsmen there is an urgent to allow states operate their security systems. In some cases these security system is limited to local vigilance groups that operate almost without arms. How can the state challenge Ak 47 wielding bandits. It definitely can be frustrating. It is also unfair to describe what happens between sophisticated armed fulani cattle herdsmen and sleeping villagers that could afford only hoes and machetes for their farm works as communal clashes. The losses on ‘both’ sides paint glowing picture of the inherent absurdity in that assumption.

    • eb 29th January 2018 at 4:33 pm

      OBJ letter is working. Is it now the military action will be implore when innocent lives have lost. medicine after dead. where is OPERATION SNAKE DANCE? someone should tell this government that innocent blood is crying and very soon it will consume everyone of them.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 29th January 2018 at 3:50 pm

    The so-called military, police etc. are terrorism mercenaries of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- they are brainwashed illiterate fools the enemy uses for fulani Political Control over this territory of the natives- South East, South South, South West, North East, North West, North Central. Do not move an inch backward on your God given native land- Slaughter them on your God given native land, Burn them down on your God given native land, Erase them on your God given native land. It’s not about Benue killings, it’s about killings of natives of this territory of the natives by fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria to keep their Political Control over this territory of the natives- it is Futile. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives is over and must be erased with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under Disintegrated Republics of the natives. It is God given Liberation, it is God given Freedom. God Is With Us!!!

  3. NEWSPOST 29th January 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Too late Hewit – chasing shadows? Who are they serving the FG?

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 29th January 2018 at 6:27 pm

    All the militia groups etc. from South East, South South, South West, move up north- defend every inch of this territory of the natives, erase the enemy on every inch of this territory of the natives- erase the enemy’s illiterate criminal caliphate, sultanate, emirates, sultan, emirs, palaces, their terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police, herdsmen etc, collaborators, financiers, cows, shelters etc. The enemy got into this territory of the natives with the Sword and must be erased in this territory of the natives with the Sword under Disintegrated Republics of the natives. No oil, gas, revenue etc. should again go to the enemy- fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- destroy every strategic facility etc to crush the enemy. God given Liberation has come, God given Freedom has come. God Is With Us!!!

  5. patrick Nnanna 29th January 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Opting for military action in Benue as have been suggested by the federal govt to checkmate the Fulani militia is the stupidity of this government in the highest level also a distraction from the reality.

    What the world is waiting for is the arrest of the killers of 73 people that is the reality and not deploying stupid soldiers to Benue state.Benue people are peace loving people as such Buhari out of his stupidity should not send more killers to Benue state.

  6. Ezekiel Okeke 30th January 2018 at 6:30 am

    Anyone funding so-called military, police etc. is funding terrorism against natives of this territory of the natives- so-called military, police etc. are terrorism mercenaries of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria which must be erased in this territory of the natives with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives is over. No oil, gas, revenue etc. should again go to the enemy- fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeri- Destroy every strategic facility etc. to crush the enemy and their terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police, herdsmen etc. God given Liberation has come, God given Freedom has come under Disintegrated Republics of the natives which must be defended with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. God Is With Us!!!

  7. Ezekiel Okeke 30th January 2018 at 7:21 am

    Any natives of this territory of the natives hosting or accommodating so-called military, police, herdsmen etc. are hosting or accommodating terrorism mercenaries of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria. The so-called military, police, herdsmen, miyetti allah etc. are terrorists groups of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria- Erase them on your God given native land with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. Fulani criminal terrorists Political Control over this territory of the natives is over and must be erased with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics. The enemy- fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria got into this territory of the natives with the Sword- they must be erased in this territory of the natives with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. God given Liberation has come, God given Freedom has come. God Is With Us!!!

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