Benue killings: Mukurdi residents mourn as victims were given mass burial


"I want to apologise as a person for the misconception of the statement I made at a media briefing in Abuja. If the Nigerian nation can not protect us, within two weeks we will raise an army of one million people who will defend us"- Chief Paul Unongo.

A leader of the Tiv nation and the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Paul Unongo, could not help but challenge President Muhammadu Buhari to either do the needful and end the wanton killings or Benue citizens would have no choice but train their own army in the state to defend themselves.

The massacre which left over 50,000 displaced in Benue and another 18,000 people displaced in Nasarawa State has drawn widespread criticisms with various people sharing diverse reactions. "We can not allow people to colonise us again, we have all it takes to do that".

"Some of us, in 1966, fought the Nigerian civil war; Benue has contributed to the unity of this country".

The Bishop of Gboko Diesoces in Benue state, Bishop Avenya William has fired the federal government over the killings in Benue state attributed to Fulani Herdsmen. But we refuse to die.

The group maintained that Lalong was only speaking about the alternatives to open grazing.

It would be recalled that armed Fulani herdsmen on January 2 launched fresh attacks on Benue state killing over seventy people in Guma and logo local government areas.

THEWILL recalls that Spokesperson of the 13 Brigade, Capt. Kayode Owolabi, had revealed that the suspects were arrested by troops of 93 Battalion deployed in Arufu, a border town between Taraba and Benue states.

Earlier, a cross-section of people who expressed their minds to the IGP over the killings in the state since new year said they were shock over the police boss comment as they demanded apology and wanted the federal government to do more in terms of stopping further violence against the rural dwellers.