The Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Assembly, COSMBYLA, the umbrella body of all the youth groups in the South East, South South, South West, and Middle Belt regions have called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the herdsmen involved in the killings.
The group in a statement signed by Goodluck Ibem, its President General, Terrence Kuanum, the Coordinator of the forum of middle belts youths among others urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba as well as the Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya to immediately stop the killings.
The groip condemned in strongest terms the killing of 16 timber traders at Udei and Yelwata communities in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State by murderous Fulani terrorists parading as herdsmen on Monday 20 June 2022.
The group in a statement said the attack is coming about 10 days after a similar vicious attack that claimed several lives in Igama village, Edumoga Ehaje, Okpokwu Local Government Area and four days after a lawmaker and his sibling were also murdered and beheaded by the same herdsmen in Orokam, Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the State.
“In saner climes, the President under whose watch such wanton killing and destruction took place would without wanting to be told or compiled to resign, resign from office and submit himself for probe and prosecution.
“Our students in primary and secondary schools now think and believes that killing and destruction of lives of properties is a democracy dividend and a normal way of life. The situation is really worrisome.
“The thousands of people that have been killed so far by these Fulani terrorists are not goats or fouls but human beings created by God. Human lives is sacrosanct and it is an unpardonable sin for anyone to play politics with precious human lives.
“The series of killings still going on in Benue state shows that the Operation Whirl Stroke is not living up to expectation and the should be held accountable for the various killings that is still going on under their watch. In the force, failure or accuse is not entertained.
“”Since Operation Whirl Stroke came on board in the state, it has never been reported that the arrested and prosecuted any killer Fulani terrorists involved in the series of killings. These smacks of a conspiracy. They have arrested and neutralize Gana boys who are indigenes of Benue State but it has never been reported that the arrested murderous Fulani herdsmen killing people almost on daily basis.
“We call on the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Farouk Yahaya and IGP Usman Baba to immediately arrest and bring to justice those Fualni terrorists that killed the 16 timber traders in Guma LGA and those killed at Okpokwu LGA and Ogbadibo LGA .
“The perpetrators of all the Killings in the state must be apprehended and no stone should be left unturned until all of them are brought to justice” the group said