Security challenges: Presidency stays mute after meeting with Saraki, Dogara

Farmers

Lalong, in an interview with State House correspondents, after his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, had said that he warned his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, against implementing the anti-grazing law in the state.

According to the message, the meeting was called by President Buhari to brief the National Assembly on efforts taken by the executive to tackle the security situation in benue state.

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A presidency source said the meeting was convened because of the scale of the violence and also the widespread condemnation that have trailed them.

No fewer than 73 people were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in an outbreak of fighting between the invaders and native farmers in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.

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"Discussions at the meeting will address the issue of the Fulani herdsmen, which is at issue but may go beyond their menace to include the issue of the arming, training and financing of militia groups by some state governments", he said.

President Buhari had condemned the reported killings in Benue and ordered security agencies to fish out perpetrators of the dastardly act for prosecution.

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Shehu explained that security entails collective participation of all and it was, in his view better for all to come together to find solutions instead of anyone trading blames.

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