The Benue State Authorities has requested its Ebonyi State counterpart to carry the Fulani herdsmen liable for assaults within the state notably the current killings in Umwuagodo-Akpu group of Ohaukwu Native Authorities Space.
DAILY POST stories that Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State had accused the Agila Neighborhood in Ado Native Authorities Space of Benue State of launching assaults on Ebonyi group which led to the killing of unspecified variety of residents lately.
Reacting, the Deputy Authorities of Benue State and Chairman Benue Boundary Committee, Engr Benson Abounu in a press release on Friday urged Umahi to depart Benue out of assaults within the Ebonyi Communities.
Engr Abounu, who expressed disappointment over Governor Umahi’s allegation, urged him to conduct a correct investigation on the incident and retract his declare.
In response to him, residents of the attacked group had recognized the assailants as Fulani herdsmen but Umahi insisted that the individuals of Agila have been concerned within the assault.
The assertion reads: “Whereas we sympathize with the victims and households of these affected within the grotesque assault, it is very important state that there isn’t any proof linking the Agila individuals of Benue State with the offence.
“We’re stunned on the try by the Ebonyi State Governor to alter the narrative and discover scapegoats for an motion everybody, together with the survivors themselves stated was carried out by Fulani herdsmen.
“When the assault first occurred, even with none type of verification, and in opposition to the avalanche of proof that it was carried out by Fulani herdsmen, Governor Umahi had hurriedly accused Agila individuals of duty.
“In the present day, two weeks after, to be able to validate his earlier assertion, Governor Umahi is laying blame on the Agila individuals whilst he has accepted that the assault was really carried out by Fulani herdsmen. He now says that the herdsmen have been employed by Benue individuals. Even a gullible public will discover this troublesome to swallow.
“It is going to be recalled that victims of the aitack had categorically recognized herdsmen because the attackers. Despite this, the Governor nonetheless went forward to accuse the Agila individuals who convincingly absolved themselves of the atrocity.
“Given the foregoing, we are actually compelled to ask of Governor Umahi the next questions:
“How did he come concerning the assertion that the Agila individuals employed the Fulani herdsmen killers?
“The place is the proof supporting the declare that Agila employed the herdsmen attackers?
“Did any Fulani herdsman inform Governor Umahi that the Agila individuals employed his kinsmen?
“Has Governor Umahi bothered to work together with the Agila facet to determine the reality or in any other case of the declare?
“Let me state right here that when information of the assault broke and the Governor solid aspersion on the Benue facet, I, as Benue Deputy Governor and Boundary Committee Chairman, engaged my Ebonyi counterpart and we each investigated the unlucky incident. Our findings didn’t assist the declare that Agila individuals both straight attacked or masterminded the assault on Umuogodo-Akpu of Ebonyi State.
“I consider that it’s now pertinent to request the Governor of Ebonyi State to make out there all proof, if any, of Agila’s involvement within the stated assault. In any other case we in Benue can have no selection however to conclude that the Governor’s unfounded declare quantities to inciting his individuals in opposition to Agila individuals and by extension Benue State. Moreso because the Governor in his press briefing after the State Safety assembly, offered a cheque of N40m to Umuogodo-Akpu individuals to settle the victims AND to allow them type a “Vigilante”!!
“This, in our view, is harmful coming from the Governor of a State. We’ll due to this fact demand that Governor Umahi takes a second have a look at the entire saga to be able to correctly tackle the unlucky occasion”.