Benue killings: Lalong was quoted out of context -group says

TRENDING: #BenueMourns: Nigerians react to mass burial of victims

Residents of Makurdi remained mournful on Thursday as bodies of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks of January 1 and 2 on parts of Benue were given mass burial.

The state government held a mass burial for the victims with many gathered to witness the sad occasion.

Bello-Torob also lauded the government for deploying soldiers to the affected three states: Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa to maintain law and order as well as prevent possible escalation of the crisis. Mind blowing statistics by the Benue State Emergency Management Agency shows that over 40,000 persons are internally displaced in Benue State with feeding posing as a major challenge.

Ortom said since the state did not have adequate land for farmers, there is no space to give herdsmen for grazing.

This attack is a way of killing the spirit.

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He disclosed that since the attacks started in 2011, 13 out of the 23 local government areas in the state had borne the onslaught of the cattle herders, adding that several lives had been lost over the years.

"Yesterday, somebody drew my attention that he (Lalong) made a comment that he warned me not to implement the law and I was wondering if my colleague from Plateau state could say that; so I called him and he told me he did not say it", said Ortom.

Nearly in tears, the state governor, Samuel Ortom said during the burial, "If the herdsmen think that the killing of our people will make us to stop the enforcement of the law, they have failed".

The representative of the United Nations, Dr Mathins Ejibike, in his condolence message to the government and people of the state, said killings in Benue required global attention.

The group apologised to the government and people of Benue for the misrepresentation of the governor in the media.

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