Herdsmen killings: Senate committee lands in Benue

OrderPaperToday – Following the mandate by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, the ad-hoc committee on security is currently in Benue State to get “first-hand information” about the killings that occurred in the state.

Recall that a total number of 73 people, including women and children were murdered by herdsmen on new year’s day.

Saraki through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, urged the committee on Wednesday to end its recess and expedite action on the assignment given it.

The committee is billed to make an interim report at the first sitting of the red chamber for the new year on 16th of January.

A member of the committee, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti), in a telephone conversation with Punch Newspaper disclosed that members were already in the state.

They would be meeting with the Governor Samuel Ortom, the Tor Tiv, security agencies, community leaders and other stakeholders on the matter on Saturday (today), she said.

Olujinmi told the Punch further: “We are already in Benue State (as of 7 pm on Friday), we just arrived here. We are going to meet the people of Benue, we are going to meet the governor, we are going to meet the local government chairmen and the Tor Tiv, at least to have a first-hand information so that we can have an interim report ready for the Senate on Tuesday.”

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Author: Titilope Fadare