Anti-Grazing: Benue Govt Forms, Unleashes Militia Against Fulani Herdsmen
Benue State government has formed a militia group known as “Benue Livestock Guard” whose duty is to track and arrest any and all Fulani herdsmen sighted while grazing openly within the State territory.
ElombahNews gathered that the Guards members were created to protecting farmers from marauding Fulani herdsmen.
The militia group will be solely financed by the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom.
Seated on motor bikes and armed with just catapults, they are trained to patrol across the nooks and crannies of the state bushes.
Meanwhile, on Monday, citizens of the state registered their displeasure with President Muhammadu Buhari when they welcomed him with empty streets in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
During President Buhari’s official working visit to the state, the citizens shunned Mr President’s visit, refusing to grant him a welcome befitting the number one citizen.
The hostile behavior of the people, no doubt, is attributable to Buhari’s nonchalant attitude towards the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in the state.
The violent herdsmen have killed thousands of innocent citizens in the state and rendered several more thousands homeless.
A case study is Agatu Local Government which has been so battered that it is almost totally deserted and a shadow of its old self.
President Buhari finally accepted to visit the state after much lambasting of his government by critics, only belatedly.
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Concerned Nigerians have, however, expressed reservations over the development. Speaking with ElombahNews, a correspondent, who chose not to disclose his identity, said:
”It makes no practical sense that a group of unarmed men will confront a marauding band of the world’s fourth deadliest group armed to the teeth with AK-47s and AK-49s.
“This is a clear case of bringing a knife to a gun fight!” he noted.