Group condemns attack on Gov Suswam’s convoy

SuswamThe Conference of Benue Journalists(CBJ) has condemned the Tuesday reported attack of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, by an armed group suspected to be herdsmen militias.
The group in a press statement by it’s chairman, Emmanuel Iffer, On Wednesday in Abuja, strongly condemned the attack, and again called on President Goodluck Jonathan, to urgently take steps arrest the situation.
According to the Iffer, the situation is gradually taking a very dangerous dimension with the possibility of escalating into a full battle against the peace loving people of Benue.
“As a group, we totally condemn the senseless and dastardly act of aggression that is being perpetuated against the people of Benue, especially with the yesterday reported attack on the governor of Benue, Gabriel Suswam, who was on his way to commiserate with victims of such attacks.
“President Goodluck Jonathan, must as a matter of urgency, not only order the deployment of security personnel, but to ensure that the situation is brought under total control, before it becomes too late”.
The group further warned that failure to contain the attacks, was capable of a serious security challenge for the country, considering the place and location Benue state, as well as it’s proximity to the nation’s capital, Abuja.
“The continuation of these attacks, poses serious security situation, even for the nation’s capital, Abuja,because if Benue people decide to defend themselves, the outcome can best be imagined. It is also becoming clear that either the security personnel are not capable, or not prepared to protect our people”, It added.
Similarly, the statement joined to the call for full investigation of alleged involvement of some military personnel in some of the attacks, especially attacks in Jato Aka, Kwande local government area of the state, where some army personnel were said to have been apprehend by youths of the area.
“We also insist that a full scare investigation must be conducted into the alleged involvement of some army personnel in the attacks, especially in Jato Aka, Kwande, and the outcome must also be made public, as well as appropriate punitive measures taken”.

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