From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI AND MOLLY KILETE , Abuja
Bothered by unabated killings and loss pf properties across the country, Senate President David Mark yeterday lamented that terrorists have become beasts. He appealed to insurgents and others to end the bestiality now. This is even as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, deployed personnel to villages in Benue State.
Reacting to weekend attacks on parts of Benue State which claimed scores of lives and properties, Senator Mark wondered how some Nigerians have suddenly become so wicked and cruel to one another. “I cannot understand why people have resorted to killing each other at will without the slightest provocation. This is not part of us. This is highly inhuman and unacceptable”. Fulani herdsmen and Tiv youths clashed in some Benue communities last week.
He reminded Nigerians of the time-tested philosophy of Africans being their brothers’ keeper at all times: “We are still one people created by the same God. Neither religion nor politics or ethnicity should put asunder to our cherished peace and unity.”
Senator Mark tasked security operatives to collaborate with one another to work out a synergy for result – oriented approach towards ending the killings. He sympathized with the government and people of Benue State over the incessant attacks and called for proactive approach to avoid a repeat.
Specifically, the Senate President urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to help its Benue counterpart to provide relief materials to the victims currently taking refuge in various camps across the state.
He appealed to his Benue kinsmen to maintain peace and order as the state and federal governments have resolved to halt the trend, “so that we can all be at peace and make progress.”
Meanwhile, IGP Abubakar has deployed mobile policemen to stop the fulani herdsmen, Tivs youths fresh attacks.
The unit which is being led by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operations and a Commissioner of Police, according to the IGP, had been deployed in the areas to protect the villages.
This is coming just as the IGP, attributed the inability by the police to respond promptly to distress calls by citizens especially when they are under attack to poor telecommunication network in the country.
Abubakar, who made this known when he met with Zonal Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police, at the Force Headquarters, in Abuja, expressed worry over the recent killings by Fulani herdsmen of innocent villagers in Katsina, Zamfara, Taraba, Kaduna and Benue states. He said that the police are finding it difficult to respond quickly because apart from the fact that such information gets to the police very late, the poor state of telecommunication in the country has not helped matters.
His words: “Remember most of these places if you check, there are no existing police stations or police posts, so the commissioners of police in the respective commands have to grapple with the manner they will take policemen to such places and they will remain there permanently
“Secondly information comes to the police very late, because of the network situation or network problem in this country, and these attacks most times are right inside the bush, and most of the people attacked are in the villiages and most times some of the difficulties encountered is the terrain”, the IGP noted.