Insecuity: Youth block road with 4 corpses in Benue as IBB proffers solution

Former Military President General Ibrahim Babangida (retd)
has called on the federal government to equip the military
with modern weapons, train them on how to deploy same to
decisively resolve insecurity across Nigeria.
Speaking on a BBC Hausa programme monitored Sunday in
Kaduna, General Babangida said the Nigerian military was
doing a lot to address the multifarious security challenges
such as banditry, kidnapping and insurgency, while calling on
Nigerians to rally behind them to find lasting solutions to the
menace.
Babangida said he was proffering advice to government
quietly on the insecurity ravaging the country, which has crept
into Niger state, believing the issue would soon be resolved
once the right thing is done.
He said it has become necessary for citizens and government
to synergise and work together.
On whether the Nigerian soldiers needed modern weapons, he
said: “Yes, they do. They also need to be trained on how to
use the modern weapons, not to get weapons and just hand
over to them. They should be trained.
“It is important to rally round the soldiers and other security
agents, support them and let them know the citizens are
behind them. Provide them with all they require and let them
know this is their country; they have no other country better
than this.
“This problem of insecurity, every government had its
experience but if we unite we will overcome it. I remember
how we fought the civil war for three years, the people
supported the government, the government did its best,
bought what was necessary, those who fought were made to
understand that this country is the best for them.
“It’s not only in Nigeria, many countries encountered this kind
of problem, some had it for 10 years but through concerted
effort, they are out of it. I believe we can get out of this
problem.
“We should unite; we should support those in power. We are
all working towards achieving the same goal. Between the
leaders and citizens, we need peace and a harmonious
relationship. Both citizens and those governing are trying, but
we should know that it is not an easy task.”
Speaking on whether Nigerian politicians were playing the
desired role in bringing an end to insecurity, IBB said “there
are many things they’ve to put right. If they agree to sit down
and think over, I believe success will be achieved.”
Benue
Meanwhile, gunmen at the weekend killed four people in
Yelewta community of Guma local government area of Benue
state.
It was gathered that three of the four deceased were killed by
gunmen suspected to be herders while the fourth was
allegedly felled by a stray bullet of security agencies in a bid
to contain the protest which broke out following the killings of
the trio.
It was learnt that protesters poured into the main road linking
Makurdi to Lafia when the news of the trio killed in their farm
filtered into Yelewta – a rural Benue community bordering
Nasarawa state .
The local government council chairman, Mr Caleb Aba,
told Blueprint that angry youth had blocked the highway to
protest the killing of the three teenagers who went to cultivate
their farm following the onset of rainy season.
Aba said the killing of the teenagers by suspected herders
angered the youth of Yelewta so much that they barricaded
the highway with the deceased corpses, making it difficult for
motorists to ply the route.
He explained that the development led to the intervention of
security agencies, including the Police, soldiers of Operation
Whirl Stroke (OPWS) and traditional rulers at the scene as they
tried to calm the protesters to unblock the road.
“Sadly in an attempt to disperse the angry youth who were
resisting, there was a shot by the security agencies and
unfortunately, one of the protesters was hit by a bullet and
killed,” he said.
The council chairman added that he was already making
burial arrangement for the four corpses to be interred.
Aba however noted that normalcy had returned to Yelewta
community after the chaos and villagers now going about
their businesses.
Contacted, the Police spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene,
did not respond to calls or text messages put through to her
telephone line on the development.
Delta too
In a related development, gunmen Sunday set a divisional
police headquarters in Nsukwa community in Aniocha South
local government area of Delta state ablaze.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and two sergeants who
were the main casualties were allegedly killed and set ablaze
by the gunmen.
It was gathered that the attackers stormed the station at
about 2am shooting sporadically to ward off challenges.
Residents of the community confirmed that it was the intense
shooting that woke them up from sleep.
“Everybody was afraid following the shooting, it was later we
heard that the police station was attacked,” a resident in the
agrarian community said.
All efforts to get the reaction of the state police command,
proved abortive.

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