Seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were killed by suspected herdsmen on Monday night in a camp in Abagena, a Makurdi suburb in Benue State.
The men attacked the community destroying many houses before moving on to the camp.
One of the victims did not die immediately as he sustained injuries but he later died at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital.
According to eyewitness report, the gunmen overpowered the security operatives at the camp and operated from midnight till 2 am without any hindrance.
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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 also disclosed that over 70 persons have been 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 called on the President to declare a state of emergency regarding the state of security in the nation.
“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.”
“How do you reconcile a situation where Mr President gives an order to security agents to shoot at sight anyone illegally seen with AK47 and a minister counters it?” the governor lamented.”
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