Benue: There Must Be Peace First, Before We Can Arrest Herdsmen – Police

By Ikenga Chronicles January 11, 2018

Benue:  There Must Be Peace First, Before We Can Arrest Herdsmen – Police

The Police in Benue said that they are aiming at maintaining peace before going after Fulani herdsmen.

The Benue state Police Commissioner, Bashir Makama, who stated this on Wednesday night, said that the Police are concentrating their energy and resources towards the safe return of recently displaced residents to their communities.

“Let there be peace. Let there be calm. Then, the suspects can be followed and arrested,” Mr. Makama said by telephone amidst demands for government clampdown on the culprits following widespread outrage about the killings.

Asked by PREMIUM TIMES if the Police had made a new arrest since the January 2 arrest of eight suspects, Mr. Makama said efforts had since shifted to helping those sacked from their villages return.

“Let there be peace to create confidence for people to return to their home rather than emphasise on effecting the arrest of people who have done what they have done and fled,” Mr. Makama said.

No fewer than 50,000 people were reportedly displaced by a string of attacks on the villages which are occupied mostly by farmers.

An anti-open grazing law came into effect in the state last November, but reports of herdsmen sightings are still rife.

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