Wednesday 23rd August, 2017
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Herdsmen Attacks: Benue declares 7 day fasting

Herdsmen Attacks: Benue declares 7 day fasting

Benue Government has declared a seven day fasting and prayer over continued Fulani herdsmen attacks on Benue communi­ties.
Supervising Commissioner for Information, Mr Onoja Otokpa disclosed this at the weekend after an emergen­cy State Executive Council meeting.
Otokpa who is the substan­tive commissioner for Hous­ing said that the fasting and prayer session would com­mence on Sunday 19th March to Thursday, March 26, 2017.
He added that it would be commencing by 6:00am and terminate by 6:00pm each day. The Commissioner pointed out that the fasting and prayer was aimed at the restoration of peace in the state, adding that it was also an avenue to seek God’s di­vine intervention against the incessant crisis.
He said a stakeholders’ meeting would soon be con­vened which would be target­ed at stopping the incessant crisis, saying that the stake­holders will cut across all political divides as the crisis does not know political par­ties.
He said that the stakehold­ers would sit and fashion out measures that could assist in tackling the crisis head on.
The AUTHORITY gathered that no fewer than 30 per­sons have been killed in the last two weeks in Buruku and Gboko Local Government Areas in renewed attacks on communities in the area by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Governor Samuel Ortom, who visited the ravaged ar­eas on an assessment tour last week, urged security agencies to help evacuate the herds­men out of the area because their continued presence was fast endangering peace.

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