Posted: March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Benue state governor Dr. Gabriel Suswam has blamed neighboring Local Governments from Nasarawa state for harboring the Fulani militia that have frequently attacked Tiv communities at the borders between the two states.

Governor Suswam who frowned at the incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen on the Tiv communities at Nasarawa / Benue border, noted that even as there is no problem between the two states the mode of operation of the Fulani attackers give every reason to suspect that there are certain bad eggs in the neighbouring local governments of Nasarawa who are habouring the attackers.

“There is no dispute whatsoever between Benue and Nasarawa, but the Fulanis that are causing problem in Benue find shelter with neighbouring LGs in Nasarawa and if the Tiv communities eventually become aggrieved and cross into Nasarawa to pursue the attackers it will become a problem, which is what we are avoiding” Suswam said.

Governor Suswam also informed that, to find a lasting solution to the incessant crisis that now seems to be getting to an unbearable stage, the two states governors would be holding a meeting at Lafia with the Traditional Rulers in the affected areas to caution them as well as put strict security measures that would prevent further occurrence of the crisis .

He Noted that the meeting would find ways of ensuring that neighbouring Local Governments in Nasarawa do not habour Fulani to cause problems in Benue.

According to Suswam apart from efforts by the two states to quel the crisis, the Federal Government is not resting on its oars to ensure that the crisis if not completely eliminated, is reduced to a manageable level.

The Governor also made it known that the National Assembly has already sent a team to visit the affected areas to monitor and ascertain he damage caused by the crisis as well identify the cause and proffer lasting solution.

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