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Benue State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria,CAN, yesterday petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over killings and destruction of property by Fulani herdsmen in the state.
The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, received the petition from the CAN delegation at his office in Abuja yesterday.
While submitting the petition, the CAN chairman in Benue State, Rev. Augustine Leva, who led the delegation demanded adequate compensation from federal and state governments to assuage the pains of the victims of the attacks.
He said the victims had been so “traumatised and dehumanised” following “the series of attacks unleashed on them from time to time”.
Leva claimed that the attackers were on jihadist mission to islamise the state and were equipped with sophisticated weapons.
He added that the situation was worsened by government’s indecision.
He said, “It is an ocular fact that the continued attacks, which are evidently encouraged by the indecision of Government, are clearly Jihadist attempts, calculated at forcefully Islamising and subjugating the people of Benue State.”
He expressed surprise over the failure of government to curb “the incessant, unwarranted killings and wanton destruction of property” allegedly perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen against the people of the state.
He said, “These mindless killings and invasion of the land reached its climax from 2013 and it is advancing with sporadic and regular attacks here and there.
“The worst affected places are Agatu, Markurdi (Adaka, Adeke, Adem, Upahar, Tse-Kwaghbo, Apir and Mbalagah communities. Others are Gwer-West, Logo, Katsina-Ala, Kwande and Guma (Tse-Oragbo and Tse-Anundu) and Tarka Buruku etc.”
In response, Angwe expressed sadness over the killings by the herdsmen, promising that the commission would carry out an impartial investigation into the case and ensure that justice was done.
“It is sad that these killings and destruction of property have continued over time and a lot of people have lost their lives as a result of these numerous attacks,” he said.
He called on the federal and State governments to take proactive steps to restore the affected families to their normal lives and avert hunger, as farmers whose produce contributed to the feeding of the nation could no longer go to their farms for fear of attacks.
“The commission condemns in very strong terms the attacks that are today going on between pastoralists and farmers and act concerns the entire human community hence we have commenced proactive steps within our mandate to protect the rights of Nigerians and other nationals living in Nigeria.”
He said more steps should be taken to curb the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen, adding that the nation could not afford to grapple with the problem of hunger, with the security and economic challenges, it was already contending with the killings.


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