Fulani herdsmen have killed 1,878 Benue people in 3 years – Ortom

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom on Wednesday said over 1,878 people were killed by Fulani herdsmen within three years.

Ortom stated this when he received in his office the Country Representative of the  United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, Edward Kallon, and his team.

The governor said 200 people were still missing and 750 persons were injured.

The governor also said that over N95bn worth of property were destroyed in 2014 alone across 10 local government areas of the state by Fulani herdsmen.


Ortom 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 2013/2016 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 governments in Benue State exceeded N95bn.”

He called on the UN to assist the state towards tackling insecurity and displacement of people.

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