It is the beginning of a New Year and Nigeria's security issues are raising their heads again, reminding the nation that there is plenty of work to do.

First, it was in Rivers and Kaduna then Benue.

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed relevant security agencies to do everything possible to arrest those behind the killings of some persons in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas Benue State.

The directive is coming a day after at least 20 persons were killed by arms-carrying herdsmen. One of the dead persons was pregnant. 

Several other persons were injured while property were destroyed. 

But the President is promising the community and families affected that the perpetrators of what he called "wicked and callous" attacks would be severely punished. 

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President Buhari gave the assurance on his Twitter handle.

In a statement by the spokesman to the President, Mr Garba Shehu, Buhari also expressed immense sadness over the incident.

It read: "While expressing immense sadness at the “wicked & callous” attacks on even innocent children, PMB assured the governor and people of the state that relevant security agencies have been directed to do everything possible to arrest those behind the regrettable incidents and avert further attacks.

"This is one attack too many, and everything must be done to provide security for the people in our rural communities".

The President commiserated with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the incident and also extended his heart-felt condolence to families of the victims.

He also wished the injured speedy healing.

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"One of our pledges to Nigerians is that we will ensure the safety and security of lives everywhere in the country. We will keep this promise.

"As I promised in my New Year's Day Address, we're stepping up our interventions not only to combat crime and violence nationwide, but also to ensure that culprits are swiftly and severely punished," President Buhari wrote.

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