​​​‘We’re under siege in Benue’ – MACBAN raises alarm

MACBAN

The Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, (MACBAN), in Benue State has decried the insecurity bedeviling the State, alleging that both herders and farmers are presently under siege of strange gunmen. State Chairman of MACBAN, Mohammed Risku, in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi, the State capital, said members of his association were worried that the unknown killers, apart from murdering farmers in the local communities, are as well attacking them, their children and animals. Risku said the killers are usually dressed in a particular strange uniform whenever attacking people…

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Benue: 40 feared killed, including 7 family members in militia gang’ war

A family of seven, eight farmers were among people feared killed in clashes between militia gangs in Gbagir community, situated in Ukum local government area of Benue State which, according to reports, began on Tuesday morning. A highly reliable military source said yesterday in Makurdi, the State capital, that the majority of the people who were killed were members of militia gangs in the area. “It was militia men that were killing themselves. One or two persons might have been caught in the crossfire. The villagers know those carrying out…

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Benue: Robbers raid banks, gun down customers, security operatives

At least eight people were killed when armed robbers invaded four banks in Otukpo town of Benue State, yesterday. It was gathered that three police officers, one vigilante and a councilor of Otukpo Ward 2, who was transacting business in one of the affected banks were among those killed. A witness, who declined to mention his name, said the armed gang first attacked the Police Station opposite the banks and allegedly disarmed all the operatives on duty before moving into the banks. The witness also said that the four affected…

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Kidnappers of Benue Commissioner demand N60m ransom

The gunmen, who kidnapped the Benue Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Mathew Abo, have allegedly demanded a ransom of N60 million from his family. A family source told newsmen on Friday in Makurdi that the abductors made the demand in a phone call to a member of the family on Friday. According to the source, the recipient of the call, name withheld for security reasons, said the “kidnappers have resorted to torturing the commissioner to press home for their demand”. The source said they called and placed their…

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Tribunal upholds 3APC State Assembly Members in Benue

The National/State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Makurdi, on Thursday upheld the elections of three All Progressives Congress (APC) state lawmakers. In separate judgments, Justice Usman Mohammed and Justice Saliu Zubayr, held that the petitioners failed to prove their cases for the elections to be upturned. In the Ogbadibo State Constituency election, Justice Mohammed held that the petitioners, Patrick Enemari and the PDP, failed to prove that the election was characterised by malpractices, as alleged in their petition. He also said the petitioners failed to call necessary…

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Kidnappers ambush two Lagos-bound buses in Kogi, abduct 10 passengers

Suspected armed men have reportedly hijacked two fully loaded buses belonging to the Benue state government-owned transport company, whisking away over 10 passengers from the Lagos-bound vehicles that took off from Makurdi, Benue State. According to reports, the armed men waylaid the vehicles at about 2 p.m. on Sunday, along Ajaokuta-Okene road in Kogi State. The Benue State Commissioner for Power, Energy, and Transport, Omale Omale, who confirmed the abduction, said the incident happened while the two buses, branded as ‘Benue Links Transport’, were approaching Okene, Kogi State. The commissioner…

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Benue: Protesting women block Makurdi/Abuja highway over herdsmen attack

Protesting Benue women mounted a roadblock on Makurdi/Lafia/Abuja federal highway yesterday, following the reported killing of five people by suspected herders. According to a local who simply identified himself as Sunny, five people were killed in separate attacks by suspected herdsmen in two communities in the Guma local government area of Benue State. Sunny, who spoke on phone, said that three people were killed Thursday night at Ngban, and another two at Nyian. Confirming the report, the security officer of Guma Local Government, Christopher Waku, said that five people were…

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Election: Clerics, NUJ caution Journalists against sensationalism, devisive reportage

Stakeholders at NUJ conference in Makurdi

Rev. Fr Patrick Alumuku, Director of Communication, Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, has urged media practitioners to shun sensational reportage that would compromise security before, during and after the general elections. Alumuku made the appeal at a zonal conference organised by Zone ‘D’ of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Thursday in Makurdi. The conference was on ‘The Role of the Media in enhancing peaceful election and democratic participation’. Alumuku who is also the Director Catholic Television of Nigeria, said the call was imperative in view of the nexus between…

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Bandits kill 8 close to IDP Camp in Benue

Bandits attacked a community opposite the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at Abagena, Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue and killed eight persons including women and children. An eyewitness told newsmen that eight other persons were seriously injured and were evacuated to a hospital for treatment. “Some of the victims were beheaded and their heads taken away. The bushes are still being combed in search of more victims. “A man, his wife and four children were all wiped out in the attack. “The casualty figure may likely rise as three…

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2023: Group writes Buhari, NSA on haunting of political opponents

…Says Benue ‘militia’ Guards could become another Boko Haram President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, have been told to probe the activities of the Benue State Volunteer Guards. A group, the ‘Benue Coalition on Human Rights’ made this known in a letter to the President, IGP, National Security Adviser and heads of other security agencies.   In the petition, co-signed by its President and Secretary General, Rev. Solomon Semaka and Patriot Okwori Onaji, the group alleged that the Benue Guards were being used to intimidate…

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