7 killed in Benue IDP camp




Seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in a camp in Abagena, a Makurdi suburb in Benue State, were killed by suspected herdsmen on Monday night.

The attackers stormed the community and destroyed many houses before moving into the camp.

One of the victims sustained injuries and later died at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen overpowered the security operatives at the camp and operated from midnight till 2 am unchallenged.

The camp, about 10 minutes from Makurdi, is located on Makurdi-Lafia road. It has 8,620 displaced persons.

Governor Samuel Ortom, who visited the camp after the incident, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians.

“Mr President must speak out and not Garba Shehu, his spokesman,” Ortom said.

The governor said over 70 persons were killed in two weeks in Makurdi, Gwer West and Guma LGAs.

“Mr President must rise up as he is the President of Nigeria with over 200 ethnic nationalities. He has taken an oath of office to protect lives and property and cannot afford to be aloof. He must address the nation and tell us where we are going,” Ortom said.

Ortom asked the President to declare a state of emergency on the deteriorating security situation.

“My colleagues, the governors, must rise and impress on the president to call a security summit, if possible, to declare a state of emergency on security so that all hands will be on deck to address the situation in the country.


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