Rev. Akpen Leva added that now is not the time for people to sleep with both eyes closed because armed herdsmen terrorists have not halted their unprovoked assaults on people in the state.
He was referring to the fact that the attacks have not stopped. He went on to say that what is taking place is nothing more than a deliberate attempt aimed at murdering the helpless individuals who live in the villages.
Rev. Akpen Leva, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Benue State Chapter, reminded the people of the state on Saturday that the killer herdsmen have not stopped their attacks against the people of the state without provocation. He was speaking to the people of the state in his capacity as Chairman of the CAN’s Benue State Chapter.
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On Thursday of the previous week, it was brought to everyone’s attention that 15 people had been slain in the Logo Local Government Area of the state by individuals who were suspected of being terrorists.
In a statement that was released on Saturday, Akpen Leva, through his Director of Media, Samuel Tyav, urged inhabitants of the state not to sleep with their eyes closed because daring terrorists are not willing to allow them a breathing space.
In light of the situation, he asked the citizens of the state to search for lawful ways to protect and defend themselves.
While denouncing the unjustified assaults and the loss of life in the affected towns, he advised security forces to stand up and arrest the bloodthirsty herdsmen so that they can face the full wrath of the law.
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He commended Governor Samuel Ortom for his swift reaction to the assaults and advised him to continue focusing on the protection of his people’s lives and property, just as he had done.
expressed sympathy to Rev. Asongo Adure, Vice President of the NKST Church, and the pastors of NKST Mchia and Mou, as well as the families of the other fatalities.
Reverend Leva asked Christians in the state to rededicate themselves to prayer as a conscious manner of seeking the face of God for divine intervention and for the state’s and the country’s general instability.