- The constant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers have claimed thousands of lives across the country
- Benue state is among the worst hit in the crisis that has engulfed the nation
- The governor of the state released scary statistics on the carnage that the state has witnessed in the last three years
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said on Wednesday, July 5 that 1,878 lives were lost to the lingering clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state, between 2013 and 2016.
Ortom, while receiving Mr Edward Kallon, United Nations resident coordinator, who led a UN delegation on a courtesy visit to his office, said that 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 Non Governmental Organisations, he said that 750 persons were seriously wounded while 200 others were still missing.
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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. (NAN)
Meanwhile, Fulani herdsmen in Delta state have received a warning from the state police commissioner over the activities of criminal elements in their midst.
CP Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim urged the herdsmen under the umbrella Miyetti-Allah to ensure that unity in their midst so they would find it easy to work against those perpetrating crime.
He also asked them to resolve their differences with Adonishaka and Umutu, two communities in Ukwuani local government area of the state.
Watch NAIJ.com TV video reports of the violence in southern Kaduna fueled by clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.