Buhari Orders Crackdown on Herdsmen in Nasarawa

Buhari Orders Crackdown on Herdsmen in Nasarawa
  • Protesters Barr from Seeing President 
By JONATHAN IPAA,  LAFIA
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the crackdown on herdsmen terrorizing farming communities in Nasarawa state.
The president made this known Tuesday afternoon during his one day state visit to Nasarawa.
President Buhari also informed that security agencies has been directed to clamp down, arrest and prosecute perpetrators.
Buhari who is in the state to commission 15 projects executed by Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura, warned trouble makers to embrace peace or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
However,  as this order was being made, hundreds of peasant farmers mostly from Tiv communities were trekking long distances to safer zones following Monday’s night attacks on Ibuan and Kwashir, Obi LGA of the state.
The attacks witnessed three killings with about 13 critically hospitalized at a cottage hospital.
Hundreds of protesters who wanted to make known to the visiting president their grievances, were barred by security agencies.
Tivs youths had mounted some strategic spots to convey their plight to the Federal Government over their neglect by state authorities as well as security agencies over invasion and killings of their relations by suspected herdsmen.
The attacker’s whose threat to invade some Tiv communities three weeks ago, made true Saturday and Monday night respectively as three persons were killed eventually at Kwashir and Ibuan.
7 persons were killed at Kadarko, a neighbouring town with Benue state where 73 were gruesomely killed and mass burials conducted.
Security agencies dispatched to some communities only show up and retreated to Local Government headquarters with what a source informed “we lack the equipment to confront these herdsmen whose weapons are more sophisticated “
The police has an out station located at Adudu, two kilometres away from Ibuan where the Monday’s attack took place.  A police source who could not spoke on tape said they lack the capacity to confront the herdsmen.

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