- A Middle Belt group has said that there are plans by some communities in Benue state to build up arms
- The group said the alleged move by these communities is aimed at tormenting the peace of others and heighten the state of insecurity in the state
- According to the group, some leaders in Benue state are encouraging the alleged proliferation of arms
A group has cautioned the federal government on the proliferation of arm in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria.
The Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) says it has uncovered sinister plots by some communities in Benue state to upscale arms build up in order to torment the peace of others and heighten the state of insecurity in the state.
MGCG described as frightening the deliberate attempt by stakeholders in the state to ignore peaceful approaches in resolving communal clashes but resorted to using sophisticated guns to kill innocent citizens whilst the state and LGAs all watch with amazement.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, June 4, the general secretary of the MGCG, Paul Itodo, faulted the some leaders in the state for worsening the situation instead of finding a lasting panacea to it.
Itodo said it was unfortunate because the latest killings in the state were as result of communal and no longer herdsmen.
"We have elected upon ourselves to alert relevant stakeholders to troublesome issues, potent enough to cause anarchy, large scale outbreak of violence or skirmishes and its concomitant deaths and displacements of people within communities in the Benue valley," Itodo said.
"Emphatically therefore, the MBCG is again perturbed and distressed at the glaring replacement of the waning herders/farmers clashes, in the Benue valley with communal clashes.
"The Nigerian Army has worked relentlessly, day and night to subdue the herders/farmers imbroglio and it is unacceptable and insane for anybody or group to scheme its replacement with inexplicable communal fracas and politically induced violence or killings in hitherto peaceful and law abiding communities. More irritating is its active backing by unscrupulous traditional rulers, detractors and politicians who profit from such crisis.
"Everyone is aware of the imposition of horrifying magnitudes of political violence, orchestrated by unconscionable politicians in conspiracy with vulnerable community leaders at the eve of every general election year, more pronounced during electioneering campaigns. This dreadful era is with us again.
"The hot and competitive scramble for elective mandates by politicians often exhume ancient land disputes and allied disagreements, such as family feuds which have been forgotten for ages.
"These controversies are now elevated to the level of conflicts between opposing communities, leading to unprecedented violence and deaths in the quest to promote partisan and clannish interests for the benefit of election mandate seekers of rival communities.
"It is sad that the same scenario is replicating in 2018 and it appears to be Benue’s heaviest cross now. We have accessed intelligence reports which suggest that rival politicians have plotted various evil schemes to set their communities on conflagrations, which would later be blamed on the herders/farmers skirmishes.
"We stand to make the distinction and bear witness that some communities have already been visited with violence, deaths and displacements of people in communal clashes in the last few weeks in Benue state. The immediate and remote causes of the violent squabbles are within the confines of the aforementioned," Itodo said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nasarawa state police command on Tuesday, June 5, confirmed that three policemen were killed by suspected herdsmen.
The police officers were said to have been attacked at Maraban-Udege village in the Nasarawa local government area of the state.
The spokesperson for the Nasarawa police the comman, Samaila Usman, said the three officers were ambushed and killed on June 3 on their way to quell a crisis between Agatu farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
Usman also added that the command has mobilised a reinforcement team, led by an assistant commissioner of police to fish out the killers of the police officers.
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