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Benue: Suswam Denies Absolving Fulani Herdsmen Of Culpability In Clash With Tiv Farmers

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Gov-Suswam1Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State yesterday denied a report claiming he absolved Fulanis of killings in disputes with Tiv farmers in the state.

A statement by his spokesperson Mr. Cletus Akwaya yesterday quoted the governor as saying that the report, which was first carried by the Federal Government-owned News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), had generated tension in the state.

The NAN report quoted Gov. Suswam as having absolved the Fulani herdsmen of a recent deadly attack at Guma, when he spoke to journalists after a security meeting in Makurdi, the state capital on Saturday.

The NAN report which was widely published in newspaper reports on Monday, quoted the governor as saying: “We called all the prominent people of Minda extraction for a roundtable to discuss possible ways of solving the problem once and for all and we discovered that criminals are the ones attacking Benue communities, not Fulani herdsmen”.

Akwaya yesterday affirmed that the governor did address the press after the stakeholders meeting involving parties in the dispute, attended by representatives of security agencies, political leaders and traditional rulers.
But he added that Gov. Suswam regretted the two recent incidents and apart from other security measures already in place, he set up a committee of eminent persons from the affected local government areas to assist the security agencies with useful information to help them provide a permanent solution to the crisis.

The statement noted that clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in some parts of Benue had been persistent in the last three years.

“Over the last three years suspected Fulani herdsmen have sacked several communities in Benue State in violent attacks that led to the killing of dozens of people and the accompanying destruction of valuable property and farms”, the statement added.

In almost all the clashes, the statement said the attackers usually disappeared into the neighbouring Nasarawa State after the attacks.

These frequent clashes necessitated the several meetings between the Benue State governor and his Nasarawa counterpart, Umar Tanko Al-Makura, in order to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The governors set up joint peace committees to monitor their shared borders and provided logistics for the committee members to report any security threat to the police and other security agencies.

“Against this background therefore, Governor Suswam would not have ‘absolved’ the Fulanis of the killing of Tiv farmers as reported”, the statement said.

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  1. Arewa

    December 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Hope the world is reading the repeated attacks on the Tiv farmers/villagers that has lingered for over one year without the security agencies bringing the perpetrators to book. I hope that one day when the Tivs get a priest to pray for them for deliverance from this oppression, the govt will not send policemen after him/them.

  2. stan

    December 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This is absolute bullshit,the governor has not been proactive on thus issue,your ppl are dying on a daily basis n all you can say is a prayer to God,what a shame,posterity will have it that this atrocities occurred at your call

  3. Fred Apavigba

    January 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    So, all the governor cares is for people to know he did not ‘absolve Fulani herders from the attacks’ not the concern for the lives of his people. What are his efforts at ending the crisis. It is people who are being killed, not animals.

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims
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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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