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Our prayers are with the families – President Buhari reacts to Benue killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent spate of killings in Benue State in which over two scores of people were killed in Umogidi community of Entekpa-Adoka in Otukpo Local Government Area of the state.

Forty-six bodies were found in the a rural village after the attack which happened on Wednesday

In a statement on Saturday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari asked that all efforts be made to end the “extreme violence.”

The president condemned terrorism as a tool in inter-communal conflicts, urging that the attackers be found and dealt with swiftly under the law.

He conveyed his grief and sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives due to the attack and directed the secret services, police and military commanders to enhance surveillance on every front and to review the security management in the affected areas immediately.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those murdered. The entire nation stands united in the fight against the forces of terror and evil,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Benue state government said that people from the community are still missing, days after the incident was reported.

“The 46 casualties were from the bodies of victims found and retrieved. Many people are still missing, so the number of those killed may be higher,” Paul Hemba, security adviser to the Governor Samuel Ortom told AFP.