Thousands of Benue indigenes have fled the state and taken refuge in communities in Nasarawa State as a result of the New Year’s Day killings in state.
Thirty-three persons including women and children were allegedly killed by suspected herdsmen in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state on the first day of the year, causing outrage and a protest in the state capital, Makurdi.
The killings and the fear that came with it has caused many people to seek refuge in other communities, including Awe where the migration is causing tension and apprehension.
As a result of the growing tension, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Silas Agara, and other government officials prompted a visit some of the communities and assured them of their safety.
“We are doing the best we can as a result of the circumstance in which we find ourselves,” Agara said, stressing that the government would do what any responsible government would do in such a situation.
Agara added that the state government would work with the relevant authorities in Benue State as well as with federal authorities to ensure peace.
“Hopefully when the security agencies from Benue and Nasarawa states meet we will be as to find lasting solution to this crisis we are confronted with,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Ahmed Bello, who visited the communities along with the deputy governor, assured the people that security had been beefed up at the borders.
He said, “There is intensive patrol and surveillance in place. I am in constant touch with my counterpart in Benue and we are synergising and re-strategising our plans.
I might move to Benue or he might cone so that we put heads together with a view to totally curtail this issue while the political leaders are doing their parts too”
Also, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Habila Joshak, told Channels Television, that perpetrators would not go unpunished.
“Security stakeholders that you have seen here today are here to find a common ground to ensure that those who take laws into hands by any means are brought to justice,” he said.
“The next action to be taken has been discussed and you will see a robust security all round to ensure that lives and property are safe.”