I Was Never Warned Ahead Of Benue Killings – Osinbajo

Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

VICE President, Yemi Osinbajo on Monday denied be warned ahead of New Year’s Killings which occurred in Benue State.

The state governor, Samuel Ortom, had fingered Osinbajo to be among those briefed ahead of the attack which took place on January 1.

Others named by the governor as those he briefed ahead of the attack includes; President Muhammadu Buhari; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

He said they all ignored several warnings of the planned attack on Logo and Guma communities in the state.

According to the governor, twenty (20) persons were recorded dead as casualties of the attack which left many injured, properties destroyed while some residents went missing.

Reacting to the allegation, Osinbajo noted that what the governor told him was that they were those who opposed the state’s anti-grazing law.

Describing the statement credited to Ortom as “a terrible falsehood” Osinbajo said the governor only requested that those opposed to the state’s anti-grazing law be arrested, adding that the governor never told him that any out of the 23 local governments in his domain was under threats of attack.

-Governor Ortom wrote to the Vice President, then Acting President on 7th June 2017 protesting a newspaper publication where the leadership of Miyetti Allah was reported to have stated that it was opposed to the open grazing prohibition law of the state and that they would mobilise to resist the law.

-The Miyetti Allah had written to the Vice President on the 5th of June 2017 on the same law protesting several sections of the law.

-The governor went on to say that the leadership of Miyetti Allah should be arrested because they used words such as “wicked, obnoxious and repressive,” to describe the law, and because these were “utterances that are capable of undermining the peace.

-The Vice President subsequently met with the governor, discussed the matter and the security situation in the state and then ordered law enforcement agencies to be on the alert to prevent any attacks or violence. This was in June 2017,” a statement from Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, partly read.

Osinbajo said the best the law enforcement agencies could do then was to await information or intelligence of an imminent attack and none of such came.