Senate Committee on National Planning, Barnabas Gemade

The chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Barnabas Gemade, and Senate minority leader George Akume, have decried alleged army involvement in the Fulani herdsmen attacks in parts of Benue State and urged the President Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government to immediately intervene in the matter.

This was even as he condemned the frequent attacks by Fulani herdsmen in parts of the state.

Gemade, who represents Benue North-East, urged the federal government to immediately step into the matter and conduct a thorough investigation with the aim of not only stopping the attacks but also to bring the perpetrators to book.

Gemade, in a statement by his media aide, Benji Ugba Uyeh, noted that the attention of Senator Gemade has been drawn to recent Fulani herdsmen attacks on Logo, Katsina-Ala and Kwande local government areas in the Benue North-East Senatorial District.

According to Gemade, the attackers, ?killed and injured dozens in Tyobibi-Gbetim, Anybe-Azege, Genyi, Dwem, Awashua, Tse-Nyaki and Anyiin in Logo local government area; Jato Aka, Yaase, Waya and Inyamate in Kwande local government area as well as Sai and some other communities in Yooyo Ward of Katsina-Ala local government area.

Gemade said that ?more worrisome? to him ?is also the fact that Nigerian Army troops were allegedly involved in the mayhem in Jato Aka, where they were said to have seized and burnt over a hundred motorcycles belonging to members of the Benue Motorcycle Association under the guise that their men had been attacked?.

The federal government, he said, should ?immediately step into the matter and cause a thorough investigation, with the intent to not only stop these attacks but also to bring the perpetrators to book?.

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