Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Nigeria plans mass burial for 71 killed in herdsmen's attacks

Nigeria plans mass burial for 71 killed in herdsmen's attacks

Last year Muslim Fulani herdsmen launched attacks that killed at least 29 Christians in the first 10 weeks of 2017, and in February 2016 more than 300 in the Agatu area of the state were slaughtered in attacks by the herdsmen.

The Indigenous People of Biafra has accused the British Broadcasting Corporation, Cable Network News, Al Jazeera and other foreign media of being "conspiratorially silent" over the killings perpetrated by Herdsmen in Nigeria.

The leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, he said, should also be arrested and prosecuted for alleged genocide.

Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has told the people of Benue State to defend themselves against incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

The governor bad earlier announced that the state government would give victims of the attack mass burial.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that over 50 persons were gunned down by unknown assailants that invaded five villages in Guma and Logo Local Governments on New Year day.

Idris arrived Benue on Wednesday morning following a directive from President Buhari that he relocate to the state and ensure peace is returned. He said federal authorities knew their identities and location but were dithering on bringing them to book.

On the issue of the cattle colonies, he said, "We are struggling with economic issues, we are struggling with political issues and we are struggling with several other issues in this country, security issues and all that, Benue State should not be part of this, there is no need for it".

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Fayose, who sympathised with the government and people of Benue State for the murder of 71 people last week by herdsmen, said President Muhammadu Buhari must take decisive steps to stop "an attempt to wipe out the Agatu and Tiv people of Benue State from the face of the earth".

The Nigerian army says it has deployed special forces to all three to "stem the menace".

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu disclosed that a reinforcement was sent to the area from 13 PMF led by the Commander, CSP Abubakar Garba.

Benue Police Commissioner Ibrahim Idris said security had been stepped up and that eight people were arrested in connection with the attack.

"I apologize to the Benue people for the misconception of the statement I made at a press conference in Abuja".

Benue had brought into effect an anti-open grazing law on November 1, 2017, which ignited protests from local herdsmen.

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