*750 wounded, 200 missing
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue said on Wednesday that Fulani herdsmen killed 1,878 women and children in the last three years in 12 local government councils of the state. He said the level of destruction recorded in the state amounted to N95 billion.
“For over a decade, the people of Benue State have noticed the influx of armed herdsmen, who violently attacked several communities in the state.
Between 2013 and 2016 alone, Fulani herdsmen killed more than 1,878 people including men, women and children in their cold blood across 12 local government areas of the state.
“Another 750 people were seriously wounded, while 200 are missing and over 99,427 households were affected in the state, while properties worth billions of naira were destroyed.
“Also, in 2014, the level of destruction recorded across 10 local government areas of the state exceeded N95 billion.”
Ortom, while receiving Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator, who led a UN delegation on a courtesy visit to his office, said the killings cut across 12 local governments.
Quoting a report from a research conducted by the State Emergency Management Agency and Benue Planning Commission, in collaboration with NGOs, he said that 750 persons were seriously wounded while 200 others were still missing.
Ortom, therefore, solicited the support of the United Nations for the state towards the implementation of endurable solutions to problem of insecurity, violence and displacement of people of the state.
He said that 99,427 households were affected, while property worth billions of naira were destroyed.
“A 2014 survey, conducted by the Benue Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, found out that the destruction by herdsmen exceeded N95 billion in 10 local governments in that year alone,” he said.
The governor urged the UN to support the state’s efforts to tackle the challenge “in view of its destructive effects”.
Earlier, Kallon had assured the governor that the UN would provide assistance to the state to enable it tackle its security challenges.
The UN official promised to provide institutional architecture targeted at preventing conflict in Benue, and sympathised with Ortom and the Benue people over the perennial crises.