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Nigerian Army arrests, parades militia herdsmen in Benue


On Saturday, April 28, the Nigerian Army paraded three militia herdsmen in one of their camps close to Tormatar village in Benue State.

Col. Suleiman Mohammed, the Commandant of the 72 Special Forces, Makurdi, paraded the suspects right before reporters.

According to him, the suspects were arrested by troops in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Thursday, April 26.

The militias were identified by him as Adamu Likita, Abubakar Umaru and Yusufa Alhaja.

He alleged that they admitted being indigenes of Awe LGA of Nasarawa State.

He said that the militia herdsmen fired the soldiers while the Army was trying to arrest them.

Weapons gotten from the suspects include two AK 47 rifles, live ammunition, cutlass and assorted charms.

Nigerian Army arrests, parades militia herdsmen in Benue. Lailasnews 1

Col. Mohammed confirmed further, the arrest of one Aliyu Tashaku by the military men for his reported engagement in the attacks against Benue communities.

He exposed that the military was carrying out an investigation into Tashaku’s apprehension after he was picked up by troops in Makrudi, the state capital.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has meanwhile beckoned on the Federal Government to take decisive step in pulling down Herdsmen and Boko Haram in the country.

Rev. Musa Asake, the General Secretary, CAN, who made this statement at a news conference at CAN Secretariat on Friday, April 27, in Abuja, said the endangerment which the two entities were causing was becoming intolerable in the nation.

“There is the need for the stepping up of interventions, particularly from the government, so that these killings and bloodletting in Nigeria will be discontinued,’’ he stated

Also, he urged the National Assembly to step up its mandate of putting the Executive to check and maintaining the supremacy of the constitution.

Asake beckoned on Nigerians who are of voting age to ensure they obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in preparation for the 2019 general elections to vote for candidates of their choice.

“Nigerians must vote into power a political party that will promote democracy, which translates to justice, equity and fairness for all.

If Christians are waiting for CAN to direct us to a particular party, we cannot pin point a party for anybody, it will not happen.

“All we are saying is, get your voter card, go out and vote the person you think can deliver when the day comes.

“Let us consult and find out the political parties that are there, read their ideologies and everything,’’ he reported.

The general secretary beckoned on every Christian assembly, inside and outside Nigeria, to observe a Sunday of lamentation with a peaceful protest on April 29.

He stated hat the demonstration would be within the neighborhood, on the murders and to request for the remaining Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu’s release.

“The protest we are talking about is not that you go about and begin to destroy things, but when you raise your placards in front of your Church that is okay.”

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