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Benue dismisses alleged Boko Haram kidnap threats

28 May 2014, 08:43Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Benue State Government has dismissed the letters purportedly written by the Boko Haram issuing threats to some schools in the state.

According to the State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, the letters were not written by the terrorist group but by “mischief makers.”

The letters carried threats of abductions, raising the spectre of kidnappings following the incidents in Chibok where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped.

“I think the letter was from some mischievous people. The way the letter was couched showed it was from some mischievous elements and not from the quarters that it was purported to have come from. In spite of that, I have taken adequate measures to protect the lives of our students,” he said while responding to questions from the media.

The session followed a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

Suswam said nevertheless, security had been beefed up in schools in other to protect the students.

The Governor said the security challenges in the state had drastically reduced because of the strategies put in place by his government.

 He disclosed that in other measures to ensure that the crisis in Plateau and Taraba States did not spill over into Benue, he had set up committee made up of herdsmen and farmers.

He expressed optimism that the peace currently being experienced in the state would be sustained.

– CAJ News


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