Governor drags Fulani herdsmen attacks to UN

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state

has told the United Nations that his state

is one of the most affected in the attacks

carried out by the  Fulani herdsmen in


Ortom said within three years of

rampaging Fulani herdsmen attacks in

the state,

  •  at least 1,878 residents have been killed

  •  while 200 are still missing.

  • While 750 persons are critically injured,

  • over 99,427 households were destroyed,

the governor told a visiting country

representative of the UN high

commissioner on refugees, Edward


The UN officials paid the governor a

visit in Benue state. 

The governor said the danger in the

attacks by the herdsmen is that there

would be scarcity of food in the state

while the security of the nation would

be threatened.

“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


“Another 750 were seriously wounded

while 200 are missing. Over 99,427

households were affected in Benue State

and property worth billions of naira


“In 2014 alone, the destruction recorded

across 10 local governments in Benue

exceeded N95bn,” he said while urging

the UN to support the state for solutions

to the issue. It  had earlier reported that

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state

said that a law to prohibit open grazing

of cattle in his state will soon be


The governor made this disclosure in

Makurdi, Benue state capital on

Monday, June 27, at the end of the

Town Hall Meeting he held with

stakeholders in the three senatorial

zones of the state.

According to him, his administration

will not surrender Benue state to the

invading Fulani herdsmen, despite

unending attacks on communities in the


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