7,000 killed “over year” of attacks in Plateau, Benue

Plateau state government visited Benue in condolence after 73 people in Benue were killed in recent attacks by suspected herders.

Plateau state governor Simon Lalong says at least 7,000 people each have been killed in Plateau and Benue in attacks “over the years” and called for both to unite against attacks.

“What is happening to Guma, Logo and other parts of the state in Benue, Plateau also shares the same in Bassa, Jos North and South which is still happening till date.

“Benue and Plateau alone over the years have lost 7000 people each including both children and women to unprovoked and unexplained attacks.

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“Benue and Plateau States are both together food basket of the nation, we should therefore set aside all our differences and forge ahead to find a lasting solution to our problem,” he said.

The Plateau governor who was represented by his Commissioner of Lands and Town Planning, Festus Fwanter, led a delegation of more than 30 prominent elders of Plateau, comprising Tiv and Idoma communities in Jos.

Plateau government also donated N2.5m for the well being of the displaced people.

Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom, said relative peace had returned to the state as in the past six days there were no reported killings.

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Ortom said though the security challenges were beyond both states, he however assured that his hope was built in God who would help the states overcome the problems.

He further used the opportunity to tender apology to his Nasarawa state counterpart, Tanko Almakura, for alleging that the militias attacking Benue were camped in Tunga in Nasarawa state.

“I want to apologise to my Nasarawa colleague. I shouldn’t have made that comment in public, maybe I would have contacted him personally. I apologise to him and the people of Nasarawa state,” Ortom added.

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