Fulani herdsmen attacks: CAN urges FG to extend military operations to Middle Belt

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BY PETER DURU

MAKURDI —The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called on the Federal Government to extend the current military operations in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to other states in the Middle Belt now being destroyed by alleged Fulani mercenaries.

Benue State Chairman of the association, Archbishop Yiman Orkwar made the call, yesterday, while addressing journalists on the security situation in both the state and the country in general.

He, however, noted that although belated, the declaration of state of emergency in the three states was a step in the right direction.

”From all indications, the terrorism being witnessed in the country is purely in pursuit of jihad. In Benue State, Fulani terrorists in collaboration with Boko Haram and other foreign mercenaries are causing wanton destruction of lives and property.

”To this end, we encourage President Goodluck Jonathan to also order military operations aimed at dislodging the armed Fulani jihadists and their allies from Benue and other Middle Belt states of the country,” he said.

Lamenting the level of killings and wanton destruction of property in the six local government areas of Benue State by the Fulani mercenaries, Orkwar urged the Benue State government to set up rehabilitation camps for displaced persons in the affected communities without further delay.

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