Published On: Sat, Mar 10th, 2018

OBJ, PFN Visit Benue, Decry Poor State Of Security

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By Sadiq Umar – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday arrived in Makurdi, the Benue State, to condole with the government and people over herdsmen’s attacks.

The former President expressed shock at the level of devastation caused by the herdsmen attacks on farmer to the people.

Just as the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) donated the sum of N5million in aid for the Internally Displaced Persons in Benue.

The PFN leadership visited the state in solidarity with the State government Saturday assuring the State Governor, Samuel Ortom of its support to mitigate the pains of the IDPs.

Since the deaths caused by herdsmen’s attacks, the state has become a Mecca of sort to all politicians, opposition inclusive.

President Muhammadu Buhari is also expected to visit the state early next week.

News Agency reports that Obasanjo who landed Makurdi on Saturday on solidarity visit to the governor and people, was received at the airport by the state Governor Samuel Ortom and other top government officials in the state.

Not less than 158 persons have been reported killed in the state as a result of sustained herdsmen attacks in the state since the January 11th, an event that led to a mass burial and protest by youths in Makurdi, the state capital.

The former President is expected to visit the mass burial grave site and also meet stakeholders at the government house.

He is also expected to visit the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located in Agan Toll Gate, where over 34, displaced residents of the state are taking refuge.

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose had earlier paid a condolence visit to Benue State on Thursday, February 8.

During the visit, he declared support for the Anti-Grazing Law implemented by the state government in 2017, warning that it must not be compromised.

Governor Nysome Wike of Rivers state also visited and donated some money to the state.

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