Herdsmen killed 1878 Benue people in 3 years – Gov Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said no fewer than 1,878 indigenes of the state were killed between 2013 and 2016 during the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

Ortom, who gave the statistics while receiving the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon, in his office, in Makurdi, said the destruction by herdsmen exceeded N95 billion in 10 local governments in that year alone.

Apart from those killed, the Governor puts the figure of people who were injured at 750 while 200 people are still missing.

The Governor added that 99,427 households were affected and that property worth billions of naira were destroyed.

He said “for over a decade, the people of Benue State have noticed the influx of armed herdsmen who have violently attacked many communities in the state.

“Between 2013 and 2016 alone, Fulani herdsmen killed more than 1,878 men, women and children in cold blood from 12 local government areas of Benue State. Another 750 were seriously wounded while 200 are missing. Over 99,427 households were affected in Benue State and property worth billions of naira destroyed.

“In 2014 alone, the destruction recorded across 10 local government  areas in Benue State exceeded N95 billion.”

The Governor, however, called on the UN to support the state towards the implementation of lasting solutions to insecurity, violence and displacement of people of the state.

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