The House of Representatives has called on the federal government immediately set up a presidential task force to disarm all herdsmen in Benue state and other parts of the country.
The House made the call in a motion jointly sponsored by the Benue state caucus in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 14, Premium Times reports.
According to Premium Times, the chairman, rules and business, Orker Jev (APC), who spoke on behalf of the lawmkaers, lamented that communities in Buruku local government area of Benue state, especially Binev Council ward, was invaded by “armed and strange herdsmen”.
He said: “The herdsmen destroyed farms, plundered yam barns and looted houses deserted by innocent and armless villagers.”
According to Orker, the marauding herdsmen started indiscriminate attacks and killings on Saturday around the communities of BerAwuna, Dogo, Ortese – Mbashian, Tse Igyu, Tse Gebe, Anbighir, Tse Iwa, Gbaikyo, Agudu, Nyorum,Shonto and Abuku in three major kindred of Mbade, Mbagoho, Mbashian, Mbaboor and Wuav of Benue State.
The lawmaker said the attacks continued unabated without any intervention from any security agency throughout that Saturday
He noted that 20 people were killed by the armed herdsmen, out of which 10 bodies have so far been recovered and deposited at the local government.
“We are worried that these strange herdsmen are heavily armed with sophisticated weapons, seem to be operating or supported by a killer squad of mercenaries that arrived the communities on Friday night on motorcycles and unleashed the mayhem the following day,”he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has reportedly given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku local government area, a two-day ultimatum to leave the area.
The ultimatum followed a fresh clash between the herdsmen and inhabitants that resulted in the killing of eight persons.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ortom gave the order on Monday, March 13 in Tombo-Mbalagh during a visit to ascertain the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen.