Idoma Association USA Condemns Horrific Attacks on Benue South: A Call for Action and Justice.
Gentlemen of the press,
With a heavy heart and profound concern, I address you today regarding the ongoing atrocities in Benue South Senatorial District, particularly in Apa, Otukpo, Agatu and other Local Government Areas.
The recent wave of killings and displacement of innocent villagers by suspected herdsmen is not only heartbreaking but also a clear violation of the right to life and security.
The Idoma Association USA vehemently condemns these attacks and the apparent silence of security agencies responsible for defending our people.
Reports of armed attackers wielding sophisticated weapons without any restriction from security personnel are deeply disturbing.
It is disheartening to witness the apparent support for the perpetrators and the prevention of locals from defending themselves.
We stand in solidarity with local vigilante groups who bravely try to protect their communities despite the odds stacked against them. Their lamentations in the video highlight the urgent need for intervention and support.
We call on all sons and daughters of Idoma land, both within and outside the borders of Nigeria, to unite and rally behind our local vigilantes in their quest to end these senseless killings.
It is unacceptable that our people are left defenseless, homes destroyed and farm produce decimated.
We are aware of the efforts of the Executive Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hycenth Alia and the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Abba Moro, towards resolving the impunity of the marauding herdsmen and their constraints. However, we urge them not to relent in bringing a lasting end to this carnage and to take proactive steps towards ending this dastardly act.
We implore the Federal Government of Nigeria to step in promptly and take decisive action to bring an end to these heartless attacks that have turned our land into a killing field.
The safety and well-being of our fellow Idoma citizens must be prioritized and justice must prevail.
We urge our members to raise awareness, mobilize resources and engage in advocacy efforts to ensure that the voices of the victims are heard and lasting solutions are implemented.
Let us unite in the spirit of solidarity and resilience to protect our homeland from this unprecedented threat. May peace and justice prevail in Idoma land.
Prince Dr. Edwin Ochai
(President, Idoma Association USA).