Two mobile policemen, who were drafted to maintain security were killed, on Monday, and another one severely injured after their camp was attacked by herdsmen at Awashuwa village in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.
The latest killing in Logo came hours before Governor Samuel Ortom met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, on Tuesday morning.
The Daily Sun gathered that the herdsmen had, earlier that day, attacked the camp of a detachment of Mobile Policemen from Mopol 13 stationed at Awashuwa in Logo, but they were repelled only for them (herdsmen) to regroup and attack the camp in the evening.
According to one of the policemen who survived the attack, the herdsmen, who came in large number in an ambush form, swooped on the camp and overpowered the policemen and then injured an Inspector and a Sergeant before they slit their throats in a nearby bush in the area. The herdsmen also reportedly burnt some houses within the area after the attack.
One other policeman, who was severely injured, was stabilised at Anyii community before he was moved to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), in Makurdi, while the remains of the deceased policemen were being evacuated to the mortuary, in Makurdi.
By Tuesday morning, men of the Benue State Police Command, who went on an aerial surveillance operation, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, DCP Abdul Gimba, had a stopover at Awashuwa town, while the corpses of the slain policemen were evacuated.
“Our men came under attack at Awashuwa in Logo Local Government area of the state. They were ambushed by the herdsmen who had tried to attack them earlier in the day but they were repelled. Two of our men were killed and their riffles taken away.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, who confirmed the report, disclosed that a reinforcement was sent to the area from 13 PMF led by the Commander, CSP Abubakar Garba.
Meanwhile, a traditional ruler in the area, Chief Terkuran Suswam, has described the herdsmen attack on the Benue communities as ‘horrific, barbaric and a genocide against a people’.
The traditional ruler who is elder brother to former governor Gabriel Suswam, while noting that he had over 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) across six wards in Logo taking refuge in his community, in Anyii, regretted the loud silence from President Muhammadu Buhari while Fulani kinsmen have continued to kill defenseless Benue people.
In the words of the monarch, “This is most horrific, Barbaric and genocide against a people. Why will some people not want others to exist in a country? Why the loud silence from the President? This is more than terrorism. If you are talking of agriculture and the people cannot even go to farm, what kind of agriculture are you talking about?”
Orji Kalu: Abia Groups Ask FG, EFCC To Return Loots To State Govt
Two socio-political Organizations, Abia Good Governance Initiative and Ndi-Abia United, have insisted that the loots recovered from ex-governor Orji Uzor Kalu be returned back to the state’s coffers.
Recall that a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday found Kalu guilty of 39 counts of N7.2 billion fraud and money laundering.
Kalu was charged alongside Jones Udeogo, the state Commissioner for Finance during his tenure as the governor.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the groups on Monday in Aba, Emeka Kanu and Chidi Nkume asserted that it would be a gross injustice if the Federal Government diverted the money to the centre, noting that such action would also be another form of corruption.
They said, “The money belongs to Abians and should be returned to Abia. We want the anti-corruption agency (EFCC) to look deeper into the activities of other past and even present political office holders in the state, as a lot of money belonging to the state was looted by her political rulers.
“They bought houses, estates, factories, cars, shops, malls all over Nigeria and outside. Some are even building Universities in Ghana and other places.”
Meanwhile, a group, a Coalition of Civil Society Organizations of Nigeria, (COSCON),has commended the EFCC and the Judiciary for the jailing of Kalu after twelve years of trial.
Reacting to the 12-year jail term slammed on Senator Kalu, who represents Abia North district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Director of Programme of the Coalition, Nelson Ndukwe on Monday, opined that the anti-graft commission, and the judiciary had further proved they were not rubber stamp to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of Nigeria.
It commended the President for being neutral in the matter despite Orji Kalu being a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sowore’s Re-arrest, DSS Court Invasion Reason I Rejected Soyinka Centre Award — Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has frowned at the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, the convener of #RevolutionNow and for this reason has rejected an award from the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism.
The Vice President who was a keynote speaker in the United Arab Emirates explained why he refused to accept the award for his achievements in the justice system of Nigeria.
In statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the Vice President said in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, “I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.”
Osinbajo then went on to thanks the organizers of the event for considering him for an award.
“I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the “Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019” to me.
“The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had.
“However, two reasons explain my absence. First is that I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE where I am the keynote speaker.
“Second, in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.
“Please accept my heartfelt apologies and extend the same to the other members of the organizing team. God bless you,” the statement read.
The Rights Of Every Nigerian Is Guaranteed Under My Watch, Says Buhari
Amidst repression of press and alleged victimisation by secret police, President Muhammadu Buhari has reinstated the commitment of his administration to guarantee promotion and protection of human rights of every Nigerian, respect for rule of law and sanctity of human lives.
This was contained in a speech delivered by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Mr. Dayo Akpata who represented the President at the 2019 National Human Rights awards ceremony held in Abuja.
Akpata disclosed that President Buhari has demonstrated that he is committed to protecting the rights of every Nigerian by being part of all important international human rights instruments.
The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme, Edward Kellon urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to come up with policies that would protect and secure lives of Nigerians.