Benue killings: Presidency on the verge of major decision; may opt to take military action - Source reveals

The federal government may opt to take military action to deal with perpetrators of the killings recorded in many parts of the country, most especially in Benue state, which have been attributed to herdsmen. According to Vanguard, the development was disclosed by a reliable source from the presidency who reportedly spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The source stated that the need for a fresh approach had been provoked by ‘bandits and mercenaries’ who carry out the atrocious acts. He also disclosed that the new approach was the outcome of the committee put together by the National Economic Council and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to find ways to put an end to the crisis. 

He stated: “The settled view in official circles is that the reported killings and violence recorded are the work of bandits and mercenaries since in many cases the herdsmen are often well-known in the communities where their cattle normally graze.” According to the source, following the meeting, a clear consensus had been reached on the need to employ more decisive action via the military, to end the impunity. 
Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano state who spoke after the NEC’s meeting which held on Thursday, January 25, stated that the group would “work in accordance with the president’s commitment to ensuring that all perpetrators of violence are brought to book.” 
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