Buhari writes Senate over herdsmen killings in Benue

Buhari writes Senate over herdsmen killings in

Published on
January 31, 2018 By John Owen Nwachukwu


Muhammadu Buhari says it is not true that he has done nothing to resolve the
crisis between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Benue State.

This is
contained in Buhari’s letter to the Senate.

President, Bukola Saraki read it to his collegeaues on Wednesday.

President was quoted as saying the police, on his directive, is working
“strenuously” to apprehend those behind the killings in Benue State.

The letter
reads,“I thank you for your letter referenced NASS/8S/R/01/33 dated 18th
January 2018 and carefully studied the resolutions and comments there in. As I
briefed you and the RT. Hon speaker when we met, several courses of action have
been taken prior to the senate resolution.

“You may
recall that I told you of the following steps taken as soon as the information
came in to me about the Benue killings. One, on Thursday 4th January, I sent
the minister of interior and the deputy inspector-general of police in charge
of operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

“Two, on
Friday 5th January, the inspector-general of police briefed me verbally on the
latest situation, calm had then been restored.

“Three, on
Monday 8th, the minister of interior met with the following, governors of
Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Benue Taraba and Nasarawa together with the DG of the
State Security Services, inspector-general of police, CG civil defence,
minister of agriculture and rural development and police commissioner of the
six aforementioned states.

“After the
meeting instructed the minister of interior to brief you on the information
gathered so far and steps taken. On Tuesday, 9th of January, at a session with
governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state during which in informed of police arrests
of some suspects. In addition, I told him that have instructed to speed up
trial of the suspects and give wide publicity of the police efforts.

“At the
instance of the governor, a meeting was held in the presidential villa on 15th
with a wide cross-section of Benue personalities and frank and open discussions
were held. Everybody appreciated the difficulties of this farmers-herders
strife. I assured all of my commitment and assured justice would be done.

“To infer
therefore that nothing has been done, is incorrect. The police are strenuously
working to apprehend the rest of the culprits of these heartless killings.

I have instructed the IGP to relocate to Benue state and redeploy forces to the
most sensitive towns. The federal government is initiating measures to address
these and other security challenges, alleviate the consequence of these attacks
and forestall reoccurrence.

“On December
19 to be precise, while receiving the report of the committee that was set up
to review the technical and administrative structure of the NIA, I underscored
the need review the entire national security architecture as I promised in my
inaugural address on the 29th May 2015, action is being initiated to receive
maximum cooperation from the senate in line with paragraph three of the senate



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