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Gov Alia cautions politicians against playing politics with Benue insecurity



The Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, on Saturday, urged politicians to stop politicising the security situation in the state.

The governor made the call when he visited Gbajir, Ityulugh District in Ukum local government area where militia groups reportedly killed 45 people.

Alia, who decried the level of violence in the state, appealed to politicians to support him in the efforts to address the insecurity “instead of politicising it.”

He also commended the security agencies’ prompt response and warned the locals against shielding the criminals.

The governor promised to restore peace to Ukum, urging politicians inciting violence and sponsoring the militia gangs in the domains to give peace a chance.

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He said: “If politicians are sponsoring militia gangs as the traditional leaders have pointed out, let them stop such evil. Their communities and the families in their local governments want peace.

“The person that went out there to cry wolf, has to come back and answer to his traditional rulers. He must tender apologies to me as the governor of the state, and then to the entire people of the state.

“Ransom was paid, but only two people were released, which led to the reprisal attack by the armed herders

“A lot would have been averted if the herders had been allowed to retreat peacefully, but the action of few evil people has put innocent people in harm’s way.”

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