President Buhari in Benue State

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The President had instructed the IGP to relocate to the state until the carnage was contained.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that two officers of the Nigeria Police Force died in a gun battle with suspected herdsmen, prior to President Buhari's visit to Benue state.

Buhari who reaffirmed his earlier call on Benue people to apply more restraint and learn how to leave with other people said, there is no way he will deliberately over look the security challenges that Benue is having because he has come a long way with indigenes of the state.

President General of Mdzough u Tiv, a socio-cultural umbrella body of the Tiv people, Engr. This to me goes beyond what is on the surface and we need to find out what is at the bottom of it. Somebody must accept responsibility to put an end to this.

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Representative of the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Flood and Rehabilitation, Mr. John Owoicho, commended the State Government for effectively managing disasters, noting that by the Committee's rating, Benue was leading in that direction. Cattle rearing is a business, so the Fulani people have to control their cattle by obeying the state law on ranching. The president should also come out clearly to condemn the killings in Benue State. "That is our expectation", he said. "I do hope that there would be an end to this".

"Buhari should ensure that the killings do not happen again. I am genuinely anxious about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them", he said.

Armed security personnel were seen deployed to strategic areas in Makurdi while others were seen patrolling streets in armoured tanks and vehicles as part of measures to boost up security in the state.

Speaking further on the president's engagement while in Benue, Malam Shehu said there will be a meeting of stakeholders in the State House where the President is expected to listen to all the parties in the conflict.

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When asked whether he would like to visit the internally displaced persons in the camp, the former president said he would have loved to but that his coming was not planned.

Daily Trust observed yesterday that the portion of the road from Markurdi airport to the Wurukum junction roundabout of the state capital was being worked on by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in preparation for the visit. Until we get to the root of this else, we will be assuming what is not assumable, because we must know why this is happening and we must put an end to it.

He regretted that the investment and development can not take place in a chaotic atmosphere because investors would be unwilling to invest in such places.

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