1. The Executive Secretary of Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr. Emmanuel Shior has raised concern over the increasing spate of attacks on Benue communities by armed herdsmen lamenting that the development is worsening the humanitarian crisis in the state.
He noted that the coming of the dry season has compelled the marauders to make more incursions into Benue communities leading to the sacking of such communities and displacement of the locals who are moving in their numbers into Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps thereby worsening an already bad situation.
2. Director of the Advocacy For Alleged Witches, (AFAW), a Non Governmental Organisation, NGO, Dr. Leo Igwe, has called on the Benue state government and security agencies working in the state to put an end to witchcraft accusation and witch persecutions in the state.
The AFAW president who called for protection of human rights said such accusations and persecutions go with various degrees of human rights abuses, hence the need to address the menace.
3. The All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Benue South Comrade Daniel Onjeh has felicitated with Minister of Special Duties and leader of the party in the State Senatorial George Akume on his 69th birthday.
Onjeh described Akume as his political mentor and a formidable pillar of support to him educationally and politically.
4. Fulani herdsmen on Dec. 17 killed three Christians as they worked on their farm in Benue state, Nigeria, sources said.
“The three affected victims, who were males and Christians, were killed a farm” in Adaka village, Guma County, said Paul Hemba, special adviser to the Benue state governor on security matters. “The three victims were attacked with machetes, as their corpses had machete cuts wounds. The villagers said they’ve recently been under constant attacks from the Fulani herdsmen.”