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There Is No Point Politicising These Killings, Says Ortom

There Is No Point Politicising These Killings, Says Ortom

Nigeria on Tuesday commenced a three-day mourning ahead of the mass burial of 71 people killed in violence allegedly perpetrated by herdsmen in the north-central state of Benue.

"The Force will not hesitate to deal decisively with trouble maker (s), any group (s) or individual for conduct likely to instigate the escalation of the crisis".

I speak with him on the solution to the lingering ugly situation, and today we have the Inspector General of Police instructed by President Buhari to move down to Benue to better handle the situation.

In November, at least 30 members of the cattle herding community, including children, were killed in a clash in the northeastern state of Adamawa. The full weight of the law will be applied on anyone arrested for being responsible for the mayhem in the affected areas in the State.

"The commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure Law and order and protection of lives and property of all Nigerians throughout the Country remains unequivocal and unwavering". Abdulrahman Dambazau, in Abuja on Monday.

Asked what assurance he had received from both parties at the meeting, he said more security personnel, equipment and logistics had been deployed to the state.

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"There is no point politicising these killings; it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to eliminate the criminality that is resulting in the killings", Ortom said.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Fayose said the federal government "must act now" as the herdsmen menace has gotten to the level of, "terrorism and ethnic cleansing".

Moses Yamu, the spokesman for the state police, said the suspects, all herdsmen, had made confessions to the security agency.

Mr. Buhari has been accused of condoning the killings by Fulani herdsmen because of his ethnicity.

Reacting to this, Ortom said Benue already had a law that provided for ranching, but that the government was willing to amend it to accommodate the proposed cattle colonies if the minister was able to "convince us that they are better than ranching".

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