Abagena Killings: Buhari has failed us, says SEMA boss

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr. Emmanuel Shior, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigerians once again over his inability to curb insecurity in the country which led to the killing of nine people by Fulani herders at the community hosting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Abagena community, Makurdi Local Council.

Recall that some suspected Fulani herders killed nine people and injured several others at Abagena yesterday.

Lamenting that Buhari failed to live to his constitutional responsibility of defending the country against Fulani Herdsmen terrorism and attacks by criminal elements in the country, Shior said “whether civilian or law enforcement agent, you can fall victim.”

“It’s a shame that the President, who is the Chief Security Officer of this country, wouldn’t rise up to defend the people who entrust their nerves into his hands.”

He however called on President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his responsibility to safeguard lives and properties of Nigerians.

While addressing the mourners and members of the community, Shior described the attack as inhuman, barbaric, and unacceptable.

He pointed out that there is nothing that should trigger a human being to attack a people who have accepted the faith of their circumstances and go to stay in the camps for safety.

His words: “My heart breaks a thousand times at the rate things keep degenerating retrogressively, to an extent that you never can tell who will be the next victim.”

Dr. Shior however, said the people should continue to support Governor Samuel Ortom for his stance against the invaders, given that the country will one day attend to the cries of the Benue people.

He assured the panic IDPs to have faith in the Ortom’s government as security will be beefed up in the area to avoid future occurrence.

While he commiserated with families of the deceased and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

The commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, Wale Abass also commiserated with the family of the deceased and promised to mount policemen in the area for surveillance.

The Mue Ter Ihyarev in Makurdi Local Government Area, Chief Simon Ajoh, expressed his disappointment over the frequent attacks on the community and called on Federal Government’s intervention.

One of the victims who escaped death, Mr. Jacob Tarsaa, said some of the IDPs, on hearing gunshots, ran into the bush to escape being killed by the marauding Fulani Herdsmen.

Some of the IDPs and locals said that the herders, who stormed the community around 9: PM last night shot sporadically, killing nine IDPs who were asleep.

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