Buhari Arrives Benue, Meets Stakeholders

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Although the IGP visited Benue after the President's directive, the state government accused him of spending only one day in the state and then proceeding to Nasarawa State and spending several days there.

While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.

He said that the insecurity in some states was a major concern to his government, adding that concerted efforts were being made to restore normalcy to every part of the country.

Apart from Taraba and Benue, he is also expected to visit Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states where cases of terror attacks and clashes have been recorded. "That is our expectation", he said.

"Buhari should ensure that the killings do not happen again" he said.

NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, met inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor called on Buhari to support the enforcement of the Benue Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law and appealed to the president to assist the state with soft loan and grant to enable the state clear it backlog of salaries. There will be a meeting of stakeholders in the State House. He said he is genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and doing everything to end them.

Daily Trust observed yesterday that the portion of the road from Markurdi airport to the Wurukum junction roundabout of the state capital was being worked on by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in preparation for the visit.

Malam Shetima Mohammed, a representative of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue Chapter, however, denied responsibility for the Benue attacks.

"It is sad beyond description and that is why I have taken it upon myself, having been to Maiduguri where we had a meeting of zero hunger forum to be here to pay a condolence visit and share the sadness of Benue people with them".