President Muhammadu Buhari has assured people of Benue State that perpetrators of violence in the state would be made to face the wrath of the law.
Buhari made the appeal while urging people of the state to exercise restraint following the recent attacks on some communities in the state.
The President spoke when he received a delegation of political leaders, traditional rulers and elders of the state led by Governor Samuel Ortom at the Presidential Villa, on Monday.
He also warned that any illegally armed militia in the state apprehended by law enforcement agencies would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The President commiserated with all the victims of the attacks, and the families who lost loved ones and properties, noting that the government would make efforts to ameliorate the situation of all the victims.
According to Buhari, “Your Excellency, the governor, and all the leaders here, I am appealing to you to try to restrain your people. I assure you that the Police, the Department of State Service and other security agencies had been directed to ensure that all those behind the mayhem get punished.
“I ask you in the name of God to accommodate your country men. You can also be assured that I am just as worried, and concerned with the situation.’’
The President told the delegation that his administration had already begun a process of finding lasting solution to the perennial challenge of herdsmen conflict with farmers and communities around the country.
He said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has been directed to relocate to the state to provide security for lives and properties.
Buhari urged Benue indigenes to trust the security agencies and report all suspicious cases of movements in the state to security agents.