Middle Belt group warns against arms’ build up across Benue communities for renewed killings

Middle Belt group warns against arms’ build up across Benue communities for renewed killings

Chris Steven, Abuja

The Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) says it has uncovered sinister plots by some communities in Benue State to upscale arms buildup in order to torment the peace of others and heightened insecurity in the state.

It described as frightening, the deliberate attempt by stakeholders in the state to ignore peaceful approaches in resolving communal clashes but resorted to using sophisticated guns to kill innocent citizens whilst the state and LGAs all watch with amazement.

Paul Itodo, General Secretary of the group who addressed journalists on Tuesday, faulted the so-called leaders for worsening the situation instead of finding a lasting panacea to it.

Itodo lamented that it was unfortunate because the latest killings in the state were as result of communal and no longer herdsmen.

He said the group decided to alert relevant stakeholders to troublesome issues, which according to him are potent enough to cause anarchy, large scale outbreak of violence or skirmishes in the state.

 Itodo expressed concerns that MBCG is again perturbed and distressed at the glaring replacement of the waning herders/farmers clashes, in the Benue valley with communal clashes.

“Everyone is aware of the imposition of horrifying magnitudes of political violence, orchestrated by unconscionable politicians in conspiracy with vulnerable community leaders at the eve of every general election year, more pronounced during electioneering campaigns. This dreadful era is with us again.” He said