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Defence Minister, Major General Dan-Ai(retd) has been accused of being responsible for the Wednesday killings in Benue. This Allegation was made by the Benue State Government.

The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Lawrence Onoja Jnr made this allegation at a press briefing in Makurdi.

He stated that the Minister’s utterance on Tuesday caused the attack by the herdsman militia who invaded Tse Zongu of Mbagwen and killed nine people including two students who were in the village for their NECO examination.

The Minister on Tuesday suggested that the Federal Government should suspend the anti-open grazing law which caused a lot of uproar from different people. Speaking further, the commissioner said that the statement by the minister motivated the herdsmen to attack the Benue community.

Mr Lawrence said, the government will not take any kind of reckless statements like that again, and they will act on it decisively.

Governor Samuel Orton, however, had already directed security agencies to quickly mobilise to the affected communities.

Also reacting to the statement by the minister, the Chairman All Progressives Congress party in Benue, Mr Abba Yaro made a call at a press conference in Makurdi on Thursday to the Minister, Dan Ali to withdraw his statement and to resign immediately. He also mentioned that over 500 Benue indigenes have lost their lives to the invasion of the herdsmen since January.

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