The Nigerian Army has deployed Special Forces to Benue, Taraba and Nassarawa to stop the attacks by the Fulani herdsmen upon farmers and villagers, and to restore peace.
The IG of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also arrived in Benue today. At a meeting with the Governor and other relevant stakeholders, he said more men and equipment had been deployed to Benue State to tackle the crisis, and he pledged to restore order.
However, until peace is restored, many will rightly feel cynical. After the incessant killings, there is clear anger and frustration from the community who believe the security forces are not doing enough to protect them. Their despair is understandable. 73 bodies have been recovered thus far, with thousands of others fleeing their homes from the marauding herdsmen.
Only the security forces can put an end to this wanton violence. They should get cracking; 6 herdsmen have already been arrested and charged to court. Those ones should be questioned further to find out if they can name others or any ringleaders. Anyone involved in the violence should be arrested and charged. The judiciary must respond to public outrage and ensure any cases are dealt with swiftly.
The people of Benue State deserve to live in peace and tranquility.
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