#SaveKonshisha | Sen.Suswam condemns unwarranted Military attack on communities in Benue State .[Press Release]


The Senator representing Benue North – East Senatorial District in the Senate, Senator Gabriel Torwua Suswam has condemned the unwarranted military attack on some communities in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State.

In the past 96 hours, there has been a sustained military attack conducted by troops with air support of a helicopter gunship targeting unarmed civilian communities in Konshisha LGA. The killings and wanton destruction perpetrated by the marauding soldiers is akin to a war zone.

Senator Suswam is deeply worried that the invasion which was alleged to be a fall out of the inter-tribal skirmishes between the Igede people of Ukpute and Shangev Tiev People of Bonta could have been resolved amicably through dialogue.The senator wonders why the military burnt down other Tiv villages in Shangev Tiev outside the crisis zone.

Also worrisome is the nefarious attacks on Ullam, Mbaiase communities in Gwer – West LGA which are very far away from Igede land. This has compelled many people to suspect that the attack is premeditated to terrorize, destabilize and depopulate the affected Tiv communities.

In a petition sent to the defence headquarters, Abuja, Sen. Suswam has called for a probe of the military invasion of the communities with a view to unraveling the circumstances that led to the unwarranted use of helicopter gunship on unarmed civilians.Senator Suswam has appealed to the affected communities which include Tse-Amile, Gbinde, Bonta and the communities along Oju road to remain calm as Governor Samuel Ortom and himself are working towards bringing peace and justice to them.

Moses Ukeyima

Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Gabriel Suswam.

More images from the military attack.