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Buhari, Ortom in crucial meeting over Benue killings

The attack, said to have been perpetrated by herdsmen, left many people injured at Tomater village in Sengev Council ward, Akor village in Nzorov council ward and Bakin Kwata village in Umanger council ward of Guma LGA.

"Let there be peace".

But the scale of the recent killings, and similar tit-for-tat attacks in the neighbouring state of Taraba last weekend, has put Buhari's government and its response under the scanner.

But anti-open grazing campaigners faulted the police tactics, warning that the comments could fuel speculation that the federal government was colluding with the herdsmen.

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"Politics is no magic, governance is no magic, it is through performance", the OPC leader said.

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"The law seeks to protect all and as I talk to you, except this Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, who are instigating people to fight and to kill us, there are Fulani men in Benue State as I talk to you doing their business".

Cephas Hough, another area resident, told Morning Star News, the herdsmen "went from house to house, shooting sporadically and killing six Christians".

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The local government was amongst the two local government areas razed down by suspected herdsmen between the New Year eve and New Year day.

Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday that coffins would be provided for the state-sponsored funeral as he visited Benue State University Teaching Hospital-Makurdi's hospital morgue.

"And they are known; we know where they are". Police spokesman Moses Joel Yamu said in a statement that herdsmen were suspected in the slayings.

The incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen has been condemned by Nigerians who are demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari arrest and prosecute the herdsmen involved in the killings as well as pronounce herdsmen as a terrorist group.

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The Tor Tiv who posited that the heartless destruction of lives and property in the state must stop particularly appealed to the IGP to ensure that any agenda to wipe out the Benue people is immediately aborted.

Mr. Idris arrived Makurdi on Wednesday, reiterating that over 660 officers had been deployed to 10 different units across the state for protection.

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the violence. They were neither disarmed nor turned back.

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

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The attacks in Benue have been seen as a response by the mainly nomadic herders to the introduction of a law banning open grazing in the state.

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