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Herdsmen Crisis Buhari arrives in Benue for 1-day visit

The president was received by state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Monday.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

(The Cable)

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Benue State capital, Makurdi, as part of his planned visits to states that have been troubled by violent killings in the country in recent months.

The president was received by state governor, Samuel Ortom, at the Makurdi Air Force around 11 am on Monday, March 12, 2018.

The president is scheduled to meet the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, at his Makurdi residence and hold an interactive session with traditional rulers, community leaders and major stakeholders.

Buhari visiting troubled states

Benue State is the second of a series of troubled states that the president is paying a visit to after an earlier visit to Taraba State and other planned visits to Zamfara, Yobe and Rivers where scores have died in violent attacks in 2018.

Benue has been troubled with violent killings this year as a spate of attacks by suspected cattle herders have led to the death of over 100 victims.

At least 24 people were killed during a recent attack carried out on March 5 by herdsmen in Omusu Edimoga, a village in Okpokwu Local Government Area of the state.

The bodies of 73 men, women and children were buried at a mass burial ceremony organised by the state government on January 11 after several attacks by cattle herders.

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