“My people under attack despite military presence” – Benue lawmaker, Tyough exclaims
Hon. Bob Tyough, member representing Kwande/Ushongo in the Federal Constituency has rejected claims by the Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, Major General Adeyemi Yekini that his team has ended insecurity in Benue State and flushed out all criminals from the State.
Tyough while expressing shock over the statement maintained that Benue people are still under attack. He queried how only 35 policemen could guarantee the safety of lives and property of the people in the area.
The lawmaker accused Major General Yekini of trying to sell the impression that total peace has returned to Benue State.
According to him, ”while not taking anything away from the commitment and gallantry of the military in our State, I can authoritatively say that my people are still being attacked on daily basis by herdsmen militia. ”
He recalled that yesterday, four persons were killed and many others injured at Waya community in Jato-Aka, Kwande Local Government Area.
“The OPWS Commander’s assertion that his “job does not include arresting cows on the streets” is also misleading. Herdsmen invade our communities with sophisticated weapons and kill innocent people. So if such attacks do not fall within the mandate of the military operation, then, I wonder what else is their mandate.”
“I also read the comments credited to Governor Samuel Ortom to which Major General Yekini reacted, and I saw nothing strange or hurtful to OPWS in what the Governor said other than the well known fact that our security agencies need support.
”The Governor’s statement implied that as much as the military operation has done well, a lot more need to be done to ensure, for instance, that Benue communities are safer so our people can return to their ancestral homes.
”Major General Yekini ought to have seen Governor Ortom’s call as a voice of support. He and his team have no doubt done a commendable job, but they are also aware that their capacity needs to be strengthened to enable them do better.
“I am making efforts to get more police personnel deployed to my constituency. I am also requesting that the mobile police units be taken to Kwande/Ushongo Federal Constituency to improve on the security efforts in the area.
“Security is one important services we as leaders must give to our people.”