Governor Simon Lalong has stated that his state, Plateau, and Benue State have been victims of unprovoked attacks and killings by herdsmen.
According to the governor, a total of 14,000 people, including women and children were killed in such attacks in the two states, over the years.
Lalong spoke on the issue during a condolence visit to Governor Samuel Ortom and people of Benue State, over the killing of more than 70 persons by herdsmen in Guma and Logo local government area.
Plateau, according to the governor, is experiencing such killings in Bassa, Jos North and Jos South part of the state
The Plateau Governor was represented by the state land and town planning commissioner, Festus Fwanter, who led a delegation of elders from the state to pay the condolence visit.
He said, “We are both food baskets of the nation and we have lost over 7,000 people each to herdsmen’s attacks. For what happened in Guma, Logo and other parts of Benue State, Plateau also shared the same experience in Bassa, Jos North and Jos South which is still happening till date.
“Though, for administrative reasons, we have been separated but not in any way to divide ourselves. We should not compromise the future of our generations as leaders.”
Lalong explained that both states need to work together to stop such attacks.
Ortom appreciated the visit, saying the people of Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue states remain brothers and sisters.