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Army Arrests Mastermind Of Benue Massacres

by on April 28, 2018
 

The Nigerian Army has announced the arrest of a major Boko Haram suspect “believed to have masterminded most of the recent attacks in Benue State.

Aminu Yaminu who is nicknamed Tashaku was arrested on Friday in Makurdi, the state capital by a combined team of troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade, Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services, the army said in a statement.

“Following an intelligence report, it was gathered that Aminu has concluded plans with his cohorts in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa states to launch a major attack on innocent citizens in Benue State,” the statement by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 707 Special Forces Brigade in Makurdi, Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, read in part.

He said the arrest was part of efforts of the Nigerian Army to rid Benue State of criminal elements.

“As earlier reinstated, Nigerian Army will ensure enemies of peace in the state are brought to justice. Nigerian Army encourages all law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses without fear,” he added.

The army called on citizens to provide it and other security agencies with timely information that could lead to the arrests of criminal elements in the society.

Since January 2018 when suspected herdsmen attacked communities in Benue killing 73 persons, the state has witnessed an upsurge in attacks and killings with thousands displaced and many more living in fear.

On Tuesday, this week, gunmen attacked a Catholic church in Gwer East Local Government Area killing two priests and 17 worshippers. Hours after, a community in Guma LGA was attacked and 13 persons were killed.

The continued killings had led to outrage and both the House of Representatives and the Senate have summoned President Muhammadu Buhari to address a joint session of lawmakers over what is being done to halt the attacks and killings.

Amid tension in the state on Thursday, the police issued a statement urging residents of the state to be law abiding and denying reports that mosques were attacked as a reprisal for the recent killings.

On Friday, the Benue State House of Assembly summoned Governor Samuel Ortom to address them over the security situation in the state

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  • Apostle Chris Obichukwu
    April 28, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    The highest deceit of the insensitive administration. Nigerians had gone beyond the level of people that can be easily deceived, by the false report that a particular man has masterminded all heinous criminal activities of the fulanis in Benue. What ever strategy the insensitive president adopts, he can continue after next year. This is the highest deceit of the year. It is the Almighty God that sees in the secret that reward all Buhari’s evil and disgrace him out of Aso rock. If the fulanis were not responsible for all the killings, why did the FG recommend that the five affected states should provide reserve, build infrastructures for the fulanis to settle in their states or will the FG reverse or stay the execution of the recommendations that was made few days back?

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