Military promise to wipe out benue killers

military promise to wipe out benue killers
military promise to wipe out benue killers

The Military High Command has pledged to find the killers of 21 individuals in three Benue State Local Government Areas.

According to our correspondent, 21 persons were slain in early-morning raids on villages in Benue’s Guma, Logo, and Tarka LGAs on Tuesday.

Three more deaths were discovered in Tyotugh, Tarka LGA, where 15 of the corpses had already been discovered, raising the total number of casualties to 24.

Major General Adeyemi Yekini, Chief of Defence, Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, has reiterated the military’s determination to finding the perpetrators of the incident.

He made the vow during an on-the-spot visit to the sites of the assaults.

“I’m here on the Chief of Defence Staff’s authority.” He instructed a team led by me to come here and investigate what had occurred. According to what I’ve heard, 15 individuals were slain in this town (Tyotugh). But, as far as I’m concerned, it’s not the herders who are to blame.”

“I was the first Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS, and I spent three years in this region.” And, while I am aware that what we are witnessing is a bandit attack, it would be inappropriate to attribute it to herdsmen. Because this place is a little off the herdsmen’s usual grazing route. In reality, the majority of the herdsmen in Benue normally operate around the border between Benue and Nasarawa States.

“Tarka is far from the regular grazing route, and I believe ranchers are not to blame.” However, whomever is to blame will be apprehended and neutralised. We’ll figure out who did it and go after them. That’s why I’m here.

“Everything is on the table. Our intelligence division is looking into it. But judging from my knowledge and working experience here, as I have mentioned, I worked here for three good years and I can speak from experience. But, as I have stated, our intelligence team is seeking to identify individuals responsible for the attack. And we will go after them with vigour.

“To a considerable degree, we can say that Benue is rather peaceful. Of course, there are sometimes periodic attacks by bandits and the like, but when looking at the general security situation in Benue, one can say the state is rather peaceful. However, there is still room for advancement.”

“The order is clear: find them and kill them.” The President has made it plain that anyone discovered with weapons would be murdered, and that directive has been conveyed to me, and I have passed it on to the operations commanders, who will uncover these individuals and bring them to justice as soon as possible.”