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Fulani militants have killed over 30 Benue farmers with chemical weapons in the past two weeks, Governor Gabriel Suswam has alleged.
Suswam made the complaint to the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Professor Bem Angwer, at the Government House in Makurdi, saying three containers of the suspected chemicals have been submitted for analysis at the appropriate quarters.
The House of Representatives had earlier entertained a similar complaint via a motion brought before it by the Chairman of the House Committee on Women Affairs, Mrs. Christina Alaaga.
Following the motion, the lawmakers had directed operatives of the Department of State Security, Army and the Police to move in and arrest the perpetrators. They also requested the Federal Government to compensate the farmers who have lost their crops and sources of livelihood.
Besides, they also requested the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials for victims of the attacks.
Also yesterday in Makurdi, Suswam urged the NHRC not to leave any stone unturned in its efforts to unravel the source of the chemical weapons used against Benue citizens in Gwer-West, Logo, Katsina-Ala and Guma, stressing that the destruction of lives in the state had reached an alarming level.
Suswam said corpses of those killed with chemical weapons had been deposited at the mortuary, adding that the bodies had no signs of gunshot wounds or use of knife or stick.
Earlier, Professor Angwer had told the governor that the human rights commission had commenced investigations into the allegation, adding that the international community is equally worried about the killings and alleged use of chemical weapons.
Angwer condoled with the governor over the deaths and solicited assistance from wealthy persons to the displaced persons.