House of Representatives has urged the federal government to direct the Joint Security Task Force stationed in Benue to initiate a full coordinated security operations to flush out the bandits in the state to allow the farmers to return to their farmlands for adequate food production.
The House equally asked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to send relief materials to assuage the sufferings of the affected communities, who have been unable to access their farmlands as they are now in IDP camps in Agagbe, Naka, Makurdi, Gbajimba, amongst others in the state.
These resolutions followed the adoption of a motion on “Need to Address Incessant Banditry Attacks in Gwer West, Makurdi and Guma Local Government Areas of Benue State,” moved by Hons. Austine Asema Achado and Dickson Tarkighir (APC, Benue) at Wednesday’s plenary.
Moving the motion, Hon. Achado said: “the recent occupation by a large number of bandits at the boundary villages of Benue State with Nasarawa State, resulting in wanton killings, kidnapping and harassment of farmers and the rural communities of Gwer West, Makurdi and Guma local government areas and other communities in Benue State.
Adopting the motion, the House observed one-minute silence in honour of those who lost their lives and urged the federal government to facilitate the resettlement of the displaced persons to their ancestral homes.