As a result of clashes between Fulani cattle herders and farmers, 71 people have been killed in a week of violence in Benue State, a government spokesman said on Monday.
This was disclosed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Terve Akase, when he spoke with Reuters.
Mr. Akase attributed 71 deaths from December 31 to January 6 to killings by the Fulani.
“The attacks happened in very remote villages. Now, with security operatives on the ground, villagers have been going about the bush to pick up more corpses,” Akase said.
Notwithstanding the crisi, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, told reporters last week that the country was secure, though more police would be deployed to Benue state to deal with the violence.
Meanwhile, Benue women on Monday urged the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, to rise up as the mother of Nigeria to challenge her husband to reshape the nation’s security architecture that would guarantee the safety of mothers and children in their homes.
The women, who were led by a former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development in the state, Elizabeth Apedzan, said that they were in the Government House to commiserate with the wife of the Governor of Benue State, Eunice, over the killings.
Mrs. Apedzan, who spoke on their behalf, stated that Benue women would not stop to cry until Buhari decided to do the needful by deploying adequate security agents to the state to stop the killings.