Benue massacre: Buhari meets Benue leaders

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Lalong, in an interview with newsmen on Saturday said his statement on anti grazing law was misquoted as he condoled with his Benue counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom on killings in the state.

"I was quoted out of context, argument for or against on the media is not necessary". He noted that he was holding the briefing because the purported criticism was festering the crisis at hand.

As at the time of filing this report, President Buhari is presently meeting with Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara. Do I work for him? Am I the governor of Plateau State, Or am I his staff? I asked him to tread softly and take other steps before implementation.

"Somebody drew my attention yesterday (Thursday) that he (Lalong) made such comments that he warned me not to implement the law and I was wondering if my colleague from Plateau State could say that; so I called him and he told me he did not say it", Ortom said.

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The fire quickly spread, prompting all the passengers to scramble for swimming vests and jump into the sea. A seriously injured Thai crew was later pronounced dead from burns.

"Let me use this opportunity to once again extend our condolences to the people of Benue State over this great loss".

Shehu however said he had not been briefed on the issues to be discussed at the meeting.

Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) called on the Federal Government to implement a livestock development policy that aligns with regional and worldwide practices as part of measures to check the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to come up with some programmes that would ensure a lasting solution to the problem for the sustenance of peace not only in the affected states but across the country.