We’ve arrested 18 suspects – IG

MDZOUGH U Tiv, a sociopolitical
organisation comprising
of 14 local government councils in
Benue State, has demanded N100
billion compensation from the
federal government over sacking
of15 local government areas in
the state by suspected Fulani
Speaking at a public hearing
organised by the House
Committee on Police Affairs,
National Security, Intelligence
and Public Safety and Defence,
the leader of the group, Engineer
Edward Ujege, said that the
attacks on Benue communities
by herdsmen were deliberate and
calculated attempts on the local
farmers and properties.
Ujege pointed out that these
attacks were intended at sacking
and occupying these communities
by the herdsmen and wondered
how such large number of
unidentified herdsmen entered
into the country with their herds
bearing arms unnoticed.
He informed the lawmakers
that between 2015 and 2016, 101
persons had been killed, 6,650
others displaced and properties
worth over N8 billion destroyed
by the herdsmen.
Chairman of the Joint
Committee, Hon. Dauda Jika,
assured the group that the committee would come up with
an amicable way of solving the
problem between the farmers and
the herdsmen.
The investigative hearing
followed a motion titled: “Influx of
Unidentified Fulani Herdsmen in
Benue State and Consequent Threat
to Life and Property of Citizens in
the State” sponsored by Hon. Mark
Gbillah representing Gwer West/
Gwer East Federal Constituency of
Benue State.
Meanwhile, Inspector General
of Police, IGP Solomon Arase
has informed members of the
committee that police had so far
arrested 18 suspects in connection
with the killings in Agatu.
The police boss denied media
reports that nobody had been
caught in the Agatu massacre.
Arase said the suspects are
currently in its custody and would
be charged to court at the end of its
“It is not true that we have not
made any arrest. A number of
persons have been arrested; what is
left is prosecution and prosecution
needs a lot of evidences,” IG stated.
He said that the police was
corroborating with other security
agencies to ensure the cessation
of these attacks by herdsmen on
Benue communities.
Arase assured the committee
of its readiness to work with the
Benue state government to stem
the “genocidal” attacks on its
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls
that suspected Fulani herdsmen
had repeatedly invaded Agatu
communities in Benue State killing
several persons and destroying
farmlands and residential areas.
Though the activities of the
herdsmen were repeatedly
made public neither the federal
government nor the security
operatives were able to respond
to public angst until the convoy of
the former Senate President David
Mark was attacked by suspected

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