The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, today disclosed that he has requested compensation for the victims of the military attack on a community in North Bank part of the state capital.
He made the disclosure when a delegation from the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, led by the Executive Secretary, Professor Bem Angwe, visited him at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi.
The Governor stated that he forwarded a protest letter with an attachment of a comprehensive list of the destruction to President Muhammadu Buhari who he said was displeased with the development and directed the Chief of Army Staff to investigate the matter and sanction those found culpable.
He said although the Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, NASME, apologized for the attack, adequate compensation was needed for the victims most of who he said lost their means of livelihood.
“The only way to stop this kind of action which is a crime against humanity and the people of the state is to mete out sanctions against the perpetrators,” he stated.
“We appreciate the commission for responding promptly to the request to investigate the matter and the House of Representatives member who reported the matter for living up his responsibilities.”
Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary, Professor Angwe, stated that he had brought experts from the commission to assess the destruction caused by the military attack on North Bank community recently.
He said they were responding to a petition filed by member of the House of Representatives for Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency, Mr. Dickson Tarkighir. Professor Angwe stated that the military command also assured him of support in investigation the matter.
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