BEVERLY HILLS, April 28, (THEWILL) – An attack on an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Benue State has left seven persons dead and many others injured.
Reacting to the incident, hundreds of the IDPs on Tuesday morning, blocked the Makurdi-Lafia highway to protest the alleged invasion and killings by the herdsmen.
They blocked the highway with corpses of the killed inmates, causing a gridlock on the busy expressway.
A statement issued on social media by the Benue State Government said the attack was carried out by armed Fulani herdsmen who raided Abagena community that housed the IDP camp in Makurdi.
The statement said, “Seven dead bodies have so far been counted with many others injured after armed Fulani herdsmen attacked Abagena community housing Internally Displaced Persons camp in Makurdi Local Area of Benue State.
“Governor Samuel Ortom while addressing angry youth who protested and blocked the Makurdi -Lafia Road with the dead bodies, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his responsibility of protecting Nigerians.
“He described the attack on the IDP camp as inhuman, barbaric and unacceptable.
“The Governor who called for urgent action against the activities of militia herdsmen across the country said if the Federal
“Government had taken the issue of militia herders seriously, it wouldn’t have escalated to this level.
“He lamented that in the last two weeks, over seventy persons had been killed in Makurdi Local Government alone while various communities across Benue are suffering from same militia herdsmen.”