Senator Mark decried the continued invasion of communities in Benue state by suspected armed herdsmen which have claimed many lives and properties worth millions of naira .
A worried Mark stated:”Enough of the blood bath. Enough of this massacre. This war is senseless and needless .Why should we continue to kill ourselves and destroy our hard earned properties.
“ It is time federal government steps in to salvage the situation. It has become too worrisome and truly intolerable.
Senator Mark lamented that the ugly situation has continued to deny the nation both human and material resources needed to take the country to the next level.
He stressed :” Benue state government must as a matter of urgency liaise with the federal government to salvage the situation.
“ Whatever the bone of contention may be , resorting to self help or taking another’s life cannot be a way out of the quagmire. We must live like civilized human beings. “
He reminded the combatants that there are established channels including the National Assembly for the aggrieved to seek redress instead of taking the laws into their hands.
Senator Mark for the umpteenth time calls for harmonious relationship irrespective of ethnic or religious differences, adding that “ we would be adding value to ourselves if we cohabit peacefully and harmoniously with each other”.
In the same token, Senator Mark requested the National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA) to send relief materials to the displaced persons in various camps in Benue state to bring succour to the victims.
Surprisingly however, Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom, has debunked the rumour making the rounds and as being speculated in the social media that there has been mass killings in Benue, explaining that killings as was reported never took place.
The Governor stated this while on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd), Abdulrahman Damabazau, in his office, he however called on the media, particularly the social media, to shun rumour-mongering and unnecessary speculations so as to reduce tension and disaffection in the country.
In a press release issued and signed by the Director Press and public relations, Willie Bassey of the Ministry of Interior, the Governor called for harmony and peaceful co-existence as prerequisite for growth and development which are ingredients for stability in a democratic setting.
Dr Ortom said the Federal and state governments are working in synergy to bring the farmers and pastoralists conflict under control, as he advocates for roundtable discussions between the affected groups as a means to fashion out lasting solutions.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd), Abdulrahman Damabazau, said that the Federal Government is working with various state governments to resolve the farmers and pastoralists skirmishes in different parts of the country.
The Minister emphasized the need for the protection of investments in all sectors of the economy for investors’ confidence and ease of business in the country, and called for harmonious relationship between pastoralists and farmers as both communities are equally important to the economy.
He acknowledged the existence of criminal elements among the groups, adding that the Federal Government is deploying security personnel consisting of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) as well as other security agencies, to flush out those undesirable elements.
He thanked Governor Ortom for the visit and promised a close-working relationship between the Ministry and state governments.
Meanwhile, former President of the Senate Senator David Mark has urged the federal government to wade into the unabating blood bath in Benue state on account of the farmers and Fulani herdsmen clashes.
Scores of persons were reported to have been murdered in cold blood when gunmen invaded Logo, Turan, Mbagber, Yonov , Tombo, Varser and Anyin in Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state a few days ago.