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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Agatu massacre: Group leads protest in Abuja (photos) - #SaveAgatu

The killings which began in 2007 has led to the loss of lives and properties of residents in the community
Nigerians under the umbrella body of One Idoma Initiative a have called on the federal government to set up a judicial commission of inquiry that would investigate the incessant killing people in Agatu local government area of Benue state.
Led by the president of Brekete family, Ahmed Isah, the protesters converged at the popular unity fountain Abuja on Wednesday, March 2.
The first stop was at the headquarters of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) where the convener of the group, Barr Paul Edeh stated that the agency should establish IDP camps in the affected areas.

Responding to the demand of the protesters, the director general of NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi said that the agency had began the distribution of relief materials to the area adding that it would put in place measures to alleviate the suffering of the people.
Presenting the demand of the group at the ministry of justice, Edeh said: “The federal government of Nigeria should set up a commission of inquiry to look into the root causes of the massacre in Agatu and such a commission should be headed by either a retired justice of the court of appeal or supreme court.
“The federal government should proffer a lasting solution that would include temporary and permanent measures to prevent a repeated carnage against our people in Agatu,” he added.

He called on the government to immediately deploy officers and men of the Nigerian military and police to maintain law and order in the area adding that herdsmen should be provided designated areas where they cam feed their cattle.
In his response, the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami who was represented by a director in the ministry, M.S Tahir assured the group that their demand would be given due consideration.
See more photos from the protest below:






Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has ordered its committee on customs to investigate the alleged killing of Nigerians living in border towns in Sokoto state.


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