Group raises the alarm over attack, as hoodlums kill women, children on a daily basis

A group of Legal Practitioners under the aegis of Conflict Zone Lawyers, has decried the raiding of Ukpute Community in Oju local government of Benue State by suspected militias from neighbouring Bonta community.

According to the Lawyers, the incessant attack have led to the loss of lives of countless people including women and children who they described as being slaughtered in their ancestral homes like cattles.

Following the terrible events, the group has appealed to the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom to put an immediate end to the senseless killings in Ukpute.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the group made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday, signed by its President, John Owulo Esq, in Abuja.

In the statement, the group recounted the killing of the 11 Soldiers and 3 Captains by the suspected Bonta Militias. It appealed to the Benue State Government to act fast and not fold its arms while innocent people continue to die.

The statement by the group reads, “Enough is enough. We, members of the Association of Lawyers from Conflict Zones would wish to urge the Benue State Government to put an immediate end to the invasion of Ukpute Community in Oju Local Government of Benue State by the Bonta militia and their collaborators by deploying security personnel to the conflict area.”

“We believe such initiative will minimize further loss of lives, destruction of property and mass suffering of the displaced, especially women and children.”

”It will also send the needed signal to the militia who have acted with impunity by repeatedly frustrating government’s effort at restoring peace through boundary demarcation and had gotten away with it.”

“Government’s silence in the face of serial violations of its instructions, initiatives and the on-going fighting has potential for misreadings or other conclusions.”

“We believe a robust security presence in the conflict area will not only bring to an end the unfolding tragedy but will serve as a deterrent to trouble makers or violators of peace agreements.”

“Given the frequency and scope of destruction of this conflict, we similarly urge the Benue State Government to as a matter of urgency, put in place ways, means and processes that could lead to the establishment of a permanent security post between Ukpute and Bonta communities, “the statement reads.

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