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Benue IDPs Population Rises To 100, 000 – Ortom



Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has disclosed that the influx of persons into the camps owing to some pockets of herdsmen attacks still going on in the state  have increased the number of IDP camp from five to seven with a total population of about 100, 000 IDPs.

The governor who solicited support from the federal government, public spirited individuals, organisations as well as the international community to tackle humanitarian challenges associated with victims of the recent attacks by Fulani herdsmen terrorists.

He spoke after visiting three camps for the internally displaced persons in Makurdi and Guma local government areas stated that although the state government has responded to the situation by providing relief materials and facilities at the camps  but the influx has overwhelmed its capacity especially with those who fled from attacks in neighboring Nasarawa State.

Ottoman directed commissioners in the Ministries of Health and Water Resources to deploy more staff to the camps and also ensure adequate water supply to alleviate the plight of the IDOs.

The governor reiterated his call on the federal government to rise up to its responsibility of protecting the lives and property of citizens by stopping the attacks and sanctioning those responsible for it.

He stressed that the permanent solution to farmers and herders incessant clashes with attendant casualties remained ranching which is an international best practice in animal husbandry across the world.

Governor Ortom said it was unfortunate that in spite of his many letters informing the presidency and relevant security agencies of the attacks nothing was done to avert the situation which indicated that those in authority were accomplices.

He restated his earlier call for the arrest and prosecution of officials of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who have not stop in their threats to invade the state in May last year and have sponsored the current attacks.



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