Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State said some Fulani herdsmen attacked Agatu Local Government Area of the state, leaving “high casualties including women and children”.
The killings came on the heels of the 55 killed by Boko Haram in the border town of Bama Tuesday and the 187 civilians reportedly killed by soldiers in Baga mid April.
Speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to brief the vice president on the security situation in his state and other sundry issues, Suswan said, “You must have heard that there are serious altercation between the Fulanis and the local farmers. This time it happened in Agatu Local Government, which is one of the local governments the Senate President represents; they almost overran the local government.
“There was a lot of killings, a lot of property destroyed and I felt that I should come to brief the Vice President, who is holding forte for the President. I also discussed other sundry issues relating to the general security situation in the country,’’ Suswan said.
He confirmed the arrest of 10 of the mercenaries, who perpetrated the mayhem, by a joint task force of the Police, Army and SSS.
“We have arrested 10 of them with heavy weapons and many rounds of ammunitions and they are with the police now.
“The casualty is high, I don’t want to be misquoted as per the numbers, but it is high casualties.The Fulanis normally come when people are sleeping; so they killed both women and children and everybody,” the governor said.
Suswam’s counterpart from Nasarawa State, Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, had earlier met with the Vice President to brief him on the security situation in his state.
Al-Makura confirmed the killing of 20 policemen on Tuesday by a cult group known as the “Ombatse” militia group at Assakio village, about 10 kms from Lafia, the state capital. Ombatse, an Eggon word, means the time has come.
Reacting to both incidents, Suswam said they should be treated as a national issue with a decisive action taken by the security agencies.
He decried a situation where issues of security were politicised while security personnel were been killed with impunity.
“Where people kill uniform people with impunity is totally unacceptable and when there is a situation like that and the security agencies react and people say they are excessive it is not right.
“You know there must be some fears instilled in people. The way we are going, if people can look at uniform people and go out and ambush them and kill them in the manner it was done, I don’t think that that should be acceptable to anybody. I do not support people who say that security people are excessive at times in the action they take because they must make sure that such a thing must not repeat itself.
“I just want to solicit the support of every Nigerian; this is not an issue that should be politicised and put on partisan table as some people are doing. This is an issue that must be addressed collectively. When U.S. was attacked both the Republicans and the Democrats joined hands together knowing that it was a problem of the nation,’’ he said.
The governor said governors of the affected states had been pro-active by engaging the people and ensuring that the security situation did not degenerate.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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