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Herdsmen attack: IGP recants, says ‘I stand by my word on communal clashes’

Linus Oota, Lafia

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has explained that he stood by his words that the Fulani herdsmen attack which left many of people killed, houses burnt remain a communal clash.

The IGP who stated this, on Thursday, in Lafia, the Nasarawa State during a meeting with stakeholders from Nasarawa State, explained that his coming to the Nasarawa was to find lasting solutions to the communal clashes.

On Wednesday, the police boss had been quoted as apologising to the people of Benue State for describing the New Year Day’s killings carried out by herdsmen which led to the death of scores of citizens, as ‘communal clashes.’ I(GP Idris reportedly tendered the apology during a town hall meeting at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, on Wednesday, January 9.

But speaking in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital, on Thursday, at another town hall meeting there, the IGP was quoted as saying, “I was in Benue State and today I am in Nasarawa State to hear your presentations, your views and experiences we are having in some of this our communities. I still call it communities because we are dealing with human beings, and when you are dealing with human beings, you consult with various parties involved. I stand by my words that the crisis remain a communal clashes.

“We are here to hear your views. I appeal to everybody to be factual. As a police officer, like I said in Benue, we don’t demoralise people, whatever we see, whatever is our action is always geared towards peace and harmony among the communities and I still stand by my wards that the situation we are having on ground is a communal situation

“These are people that have been together for years and I think we should be our brother’s keepers. We should tolerate one another. The fact is that there is no body that can wish away any Nigerian from wherever he is and that is very important

“The issue of being your brothers keepers, tolerate one another is what every Nigerian must take seriously. I was a commissioner of police in this state earlier, and I passed through some of this issues we are facing now, and I think it is very important. I want to call on every Nigerian to be his brother’s keepers so that we can have peace and harmony in the society and that is the main focus of this meeting,” he said.

Also speaking, the IMC chairman of Awe local government Hon Hudu Tafida said as chief security officer of the local government, the crisis came as a result of the anti-open grazing law implemented in Benue state, adding that the Fulani and Tiv brothers in Awe leave in peace

He said that, at the movement there are about 18000 Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) in seven camps in Awe and all are Tiv people “out of this number, over 500 are from Guma local government, the local government of the Benue state governor Sameul Ortom, all the Tiv people in Awe have left their homes” he said

He explain that the only solution to this crisis is to strengthen security at the border lines so that the Tiv farmers can go back to harvest their crops, adding that the police and men of the NSCDC deplored to the affected areas are not enough to calm down the situation in Awe except the presence of the military.

He said that the Fulani and Tiv people in Tunga are leaving in peace and denied allegation that the government of Nasarawa state camp militias in Awe and urged the IG of police to investigate the allegations.

Other speakers at the stakeholders meeting who trace the genesis of the crisis to the implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue state include Saraki Tunga, Alhaji Galadima Bala, the state commissioner for environment Hon Gabriel Akaka, Tiv elder from Tunga Zaki Katso, and the leader of Fulani community in Awe Ardo Maishanu.

The Emir of Azara, Dr Kabiru Musa said the crisis is characterized by the inappropriate implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue state “there is no Fulani man fighting Tiv in Nasarawa state, this crisis is as a result of the poor implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue state, where is the cattle ranches in Benue state, we want the IG to compel governor Ortom to re-examine the law”

The Emir of Lafia Alhaji Dr Mustapha Agwai II describe the comment by the Benue state governor that the Nasarawa state government camp the militia in Tunga, Awe local government as a hate speech that should not be taken lightly

According to him “The speech of the Benue governor is worrisome and I call it a hate speech, the anti-open grazing law in Benue state must be re-visited, if not the crisis have tendencies of spreading over to other parts of the country, I urged the IGP to look into the anti-open grazing law in Benue state and make appropriate recommendation to the Federal Government,” he said.

The meeting was attended by the Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura, his deputy, Silas Agara, traditional rulers, Tiv leaders across the state, Miyyeti Allah leaders in the state and the various local government areas in the state, commissioners, special advisers, among others.

 

 

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 11th January 2018 at 6:05 pm

    The enemy has been defeated, the enemy has lost the war against natives of this territory of the natives- South East, South South, South West, North East, North West, North Central. Erase the enemy on your God given native land, annihilate the enemy, burn them down, do not move an inch backward on your God given native land, do not wait for the enemy to come back, march on the enemy to full conquest. It is Liberation of the natives, it if Freedom of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 11th January 2018 at 9:03 pm

    The illiterate call Idris who uses the word “communal clashes”, should know the word Communal Clashes is not applicable in this context. Fulani criminal terrorists who are not natives in this territory of the natives, do not have native land in this territory of the natives, do not have stake in this territory of the natives, moves from place to place, do not have permanent place of residence which can be called their community- how could such people be involved in a communal clashes? The word Communal Clashes can only be used if two communities of natives in this territory of the natives are involved. What happened is not Communal Clashes. What happened is invasion of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria. The leader of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria is the man who call himself sultan which must be erased in this territory of the natives in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. God Is With Us!!!

  3. RUA 11th January 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I am surprised that an Inspector General of Police described a group of marauders that specialise in killing people in their sleep as mere communal clashes. Hear him “… we should be our brother’s keeper …no body can wish away any Nigerian from wherever he is…”. Nigeria is in trouble!

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 11th January 2018 at 10:06 pm

    On the other hand, the issue is not cattle rearing and farmers etc. It is political issues in which fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria want to keep their illiterate political control over this territory of the natives at all cost. Their era in this territory of the natives is over, their days in this territory of the natives are over- which must be defended in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic, with economic cooperation and assistance etc. which secures the natives existence in 21st century world- education, employment, job, salary, pension, business, public infrastructures, amenities etc. God Is With Us!!!

  5. Ezekiel Okeke 11th January 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Do not move an inch backward on your God given native land, do not wait for the enemy to attack, do not wait for the enemy to comeback, annihilate the last enemy on your native land, march on the enemy to full conquest. It is Liberation of the natives, Freedom of the natives in 21st century world under the natives Disintegrated Republics. God Is With Us!!!

  6. Ezekiel Okeke 12th January 2018 at 5:50 am

    The era of fulani Politica Control over this territory of the natives is over, their days in this territory of the natives are over- nothing on earth will reverse it. God Is With Us!!!

  7. Ezekiel Okeke 12th January 2018 at 6:23 am

    The ongoing Revolution War of the natives is War to end fulani Political Control over this territory of the natives- South East, South South, South West, North East, North West, North Central- which must be accomplished dead or alive. Fulani Political Control via their illiterate criminal caliphate, sultan, emirates, emirs, the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria, criminal mercenaries nickname military, police etc- it is over and must be erased in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, North East Republic, North West Republic, North Central Republic, with economic cooperation and assistance etc. which secures the natives existence in 21st century word- education, employment, job, salary, pension, business, public infrastructures, amenities etc. It is the natives Liberation, it is the natives Freedom in 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

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