Senate urges police to investigate herdsmen attack on Benue communities

Nigerian Police and other security agencies have been urged by the Senate to carry out comprehensive investigation into the attack by suspected herdsmen on Echori and Itakpa communities in Benue State.

The Senate said the police and her sister agencies should arrest perpetrators of the dastardly act.

The resolution of the upper legislative chamber came after consideration of the motion by Senator, Patrick Abba Moro (PDP Benue-South )in which the Senator sought the intervention of the Senate on the lingering security challenges in Benue State.

Senator Moro listed the names of the victims killed to include, “Innocent Joseph; Tony Ogbu Alapa; Christian Abe Igo and Sunday Atubu.

“Also killed in the attack are Stephen Okwute; Okwu Joseph; Ogo Imuila Ogbu; and Friday Adekpe Ola.

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“Others are Cecilia Onah; Onah Ogaga; AKA Orisha; Linus Udor; Sunday Okarike; and Enokela Ameh. He said these are the victims of the recent twin attacks of suspected Fulani herdsmen on two communities of Echori and Itakpa of Obi local government area of Benue South Senatorial District of Benue State on the 10th of May, 2020 and 1st June, 2020 respectively.”

Senator Moro said, “This is one in a series of attacks and kidnappings carried out by the herdsmen in communities in Benue South Senatorial District leaving in their wakes loss of lives and wanton destruction of properties.”

The Senate observed a minute silence in honour of the deceased and urged the Federal Government to mount surveillance at the affected areas to proactively detect and deter future attacks.

It also urged the Nigeria Police and security agencies to, as a matter of urgency, review their operational mechanism with a view to being more proactive.

The Senate also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilize relief materials to those displaced by the recent attacks in Echori and Itakpa communities.

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