Former Minority Leader of the Senate, Prof. Daniel Saror has warned those claiming that Benue people are the ones killing one another. He further told those making the false statement to examine themselves.
Reacting to the Abuja press conference by the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, Saror said that any politician exonerating armed herdsmen from the killings in the state and blaming Benue people should forget their aspiration as 2023 general elections draw near.
Saror, a former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, gave the warning on Tuesday while speaking with journalists.
He said that the activities of armed herdsmen in the state had taken a toll on the farming populace who could no longer go to their farms without fear of being gunned down by the marauders.
Saror said that some communities in Makurdi, Guma Agatu, Logo, Kwande as well as Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas had been taken over by armed herdsmen who chased the indigenes from their ancestral homes.
He said, “In Benue, some parts of the state have been taken over permanently by these Fulani herdsmen. People who never lived in houses now drive out the natives and occupy their homes.
“Yet some claim that Benue people are killing each other, which is nonsense. Benue has been having its share of communal problems. These are pockets, they are not an organized widespread thing.
“Those who said Benue people are killing each other and not armed herdsmen should contest an election and see if they will win, no.
He continued, “It is such a foolish thing to say because people know that it is not true. They have seen that people have come from outside to kill them to take over their land and they are still there.
“In Katsina-Ala LGA, there are four Council Wards that are no go areas. And it is like that in Kwande LGA around the Moon area. It is the same thing in Logo LGA. Many people in Guma LGA are residing here in Makurdi town. They have abandoned their villages. It is the same thing in Agatu. So is that because they are killing each other? It is the insecurity occasioned by the prevalence of armed herdsmen.”