Benue Killings: ACF accuses Govt of twisting narrative, condemns limitless bloodbath

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By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has expressed fear over  the rampant lack of life in Benue, saying there have been seemingly determined makes an attempt by the state authorities to twist the narrative for political causes .

The Forum additionally alleged that the safety companies weren’t giving correct accounts of the safety scenario in Benue for causes that have been troublesome to see.

Emmanuel Yawe, National Publicity Secretary of ACF, in an announcement on Sunday, mentioned the Forum was alarmed on the variety of reported circumstances of mass killings it had from Benue State of current.

“The most recent and gruesome is the one on Thursday morning last week in which about forty people were murdered in one day and another large number of people dislodged from their home at Shikaan village in Mbamena ward in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of the state.”

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“The country home of a retired senior Naval Commodore, Iyortyer Afeah who is from the village was completely burnt down with the four people who were inside. Other prominent indigenes  of the village whose houses were burnt are the late wife of Justice Katsina Alu, Mrs Victoria Alu, former Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, a retired Deputy Controller General of Immigration, Mr Denen Akaa,’”he mentioned.

“The ACF is informed of the attack, sacking and killings by competent sources who came to our  offices after the Benue Police Command against all glaring evidence said the attack never took place.”

“They came with pictures of burnt out homes, dead bodies and those of the wounded. They listed all the victims names.”

“Apart from those killed during the attack, many are receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center Makurdi. From what the victims told the ACF, the attack was organised by some bandits from a neighbouring Shitile/Tiv community.”

“The victims said it is possible that those who want to complicate the security situation in Benue for selfish and political gains will want to read ethnic/religious meanings into it.”

“We were attacked and about 40 of our brothers were murdered in cold blood by our Tiv brothers. Nobody should tell you that the Fulanis came to murder us. Anybody who says so is a liar and the Almighty God will punish him”, they mentioned.

“Other attacks in Benue according to sources, are associated with the activities of livestock guards appointed by the Benue State government to implement the anti- open grazing law promulgated into law in the state.”

“We were told that they rustle cattle and take them away under the pretext of enforcing the law. Unfortunately they fail to account for the rustled cattle when the owners show up.”

“We have gathered that some aggrieved Fulani men have in frustration launched attacks and  killed many Tiv people for this reason.”

ACF mentioned it  has obtained experiences that lots of the folks killed in Gwer West have been ,allegedly murdered on account of the actions of 1 Emberga Utoo who led a band of livestock guards to rustle about 400 cattle and couldn’t give a correct account when the house owners confirmed up.

“Others killed by the Fulani in reprisal for their cattle  rustled by livestock guards are 3 in Tse Jibrin, 3 at Jimba Saqhew, 5 at back Imande Abuul and 10 at Zegejir.”

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Benue Killings: ACF accuses Govt of twisting narrative, condemns limitless bloodbath

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