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13042018 - Herdsmen kill 66 in Benue, Taraba; scores in Zamfara

Vanguard Newspaper 13042018

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Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018—5 POCKET CARTOON VISIT—Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right); Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Centre) and Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, during the courtesy visit by the minister at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday, to promote the forthcoming 61st UNWTO/CAF Meeting in Abuja. Herdsmen kill 66 in Benue, Taraba; scores in Zamfara Continues from Page 1 residents, were reportedly killed in separate attacks on communities in Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue State, 25 were slaughtered at Jandeikyula village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State. The killings in Taraba prompted the governor, Darius Ishaku, to align with former Chief of Army Staff and Defence Minister, Lt. General T.Y. Danjuma, asking the people to rise and defend themselves. The residents in the Benue communities also said the death toll may rise sharply in the coming hours, as more bodies were still being removed from nearby bushes. Among the injured victims of the latest attack was 70-year-old Mama Uhaen Ndiisaa, mother of a former chairman of Logo Local Government Area, Mr. Terhemen Ndiisaa, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The latest attacks came a day after 15 people were killed by gunmen said to be wearing military uniform. “The first attack happened in Tse Hwer in Ukemberyge/Tsweray Council Ward in Logo Local Government around 6:30 p.m. to this morning,” said a senior state government official who did not want to be named. He said he had been warned by federal authorities for talking to the media in the past. “Some people are saying their families are missing, but we haven’t been able to confirm how many exactly,’’ he said. ‘’When they arrived at about 6:00 p.m. in Jande- Ikyura in Ukum Local Government Area, the gunmen appeared determined to wipe out the entire community, said another resident of the area who said he had been to the village yesterday morning to witness the aftermath. Jande-Ikyura is a border community between Ukum LGA in Benue and Wukari Local Government Area in Taraba State. “It was like they wanted to be sure that all the villagers were killed before they would run back to their hideouts. They killed 22 people who were living there,’’ said 48-year-old Isaac Ihiev. Mr Ihiev said three of the attackers who were killed when some youth responded to the assault were found in military uniform. “Three of them were killed and they dressed like soldiers when their bodies were moved out from the bush,” Mr Ihiev said, adding that he lives in a nearby village that falls under Wukari LGA in Taraba State. He said efforts were underway to find the missing people. In his account, Terhemen Ndiisaa told Vanguard on phone: “The herdsmen attacked my community, Igboughur Mbavuur, in Logo Local Government, last night around 10pm, killing two persons. “This time, they did not burn down houses but resorted to breaking into people’s houses but luckily many were able to flee and escape after they heard the sporadic gunshots in the community. “Unfortunately, my mother was shot while she was fleeing but she is still alive and many others also sustained injuries. “As we speak, our people are packing out of our villages and communities and fleeing to any safe place but the truth is that nowhere is safe for now because we cannot tell the next target.” Also speaking, a former aide of the former governor of the state, whose community was affected in the latest attack, said the group which attacked Igbougher Mbavuur also struck at Tse-Wadr, killing three persons. “We suspect that the same gang which attacked Igbougher Mbavuur were responsible for the early morning attack on Tse- Wadr in the same Logo local government where they sacked the community and killed three persons, leaving scores with injuries around 5am today (yesterday). “As we speak, there is palpable fear and tension in several communities of Logo local government, especially those bordering River Benue and Nasarawa State, from where the invaders come to attack our communities. “Usually, they cross River Benue from Nasarawa State to attack, after which they beat a retreat in a guerrilla fashion. ‘On Danjuma I stand‘ “With this development, I am adding my voice and actually toeing the lines of the call by the former Army Chief, Theophilus Danjuma and Governor Samuel Ortom that the people should resort to selfdefence. “I want to affirm to you that as from the 10th of this month till today, there have been continuous attacks everyday in our communities and how long will we watch helplessly while our people are killed like animals? It is, indeed, a source of worry to us all.” Reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to the Acting Governor of the state, Mr. Continues on Page 41 $1bn for security equipment to fight Boko Haram By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou & Frederick Okopie PROVIDING $1bn for the fight against Boko Haram insurgency is necessary. I consider it an urgent matter. But will the fund be judiciously used? I hope it will not be managed by selfish leaders? Mr. Adedeji Oluwafemi, Music Promoter CRITICISM is not needed in this matter. The best thing is to pray for divine intervention over this matter so that our leaders will be guided and not act against the interest of this nation. Mrs. Bunni Adekola, Gospel artiste I don’t have confi dence in this government. I am sure so many people also don’t trust the intentions of the government. A government that derives its strength from propaganda and lies should not be trusted. Insecurity is a threat to all and we must support the search for a solution. But this government is very insincere. Mr.Chukwuma Tony, Mechanic Iam not comfortable with this development. This government should just provide security for us because we are tired of excuses. This government should do its best to ensure we are secured instead of talking about of $1billion If the fund is approved now, I hope they will not make another approval again for the same purpose. Mr. Ebenezer Babalola, Pastor HE development is Tgood but due process must be followed. If the constitution says that all monies to be spent by the executive arm of government must have the approval of the National Assembly, such process must be followed. The issue of security is paramount in the country but the National Assembly must give approval before the fund can be disbursed. Mr. Tolani Abati, Analyst T HE last administration did something like this. For a country that is sitting on a keg of gun powder, we should not be talking about spending money like that. The government should put resources into agriculture and ventures that will create employment. Bill Gates talked about Human Capital Development and I expect the government to spend resources on that. Mr. Ifeanyi Okoye Jnr, Analyst