Herdsmen attacks: We have serious humanitarian crisis on our hands - Ortom

Herdsmen attacks: We have serious humanitarian crisis on our hands - Ortom

- Benue is still recovering from the killings witnessed in the state on new year's day

- The displacement of indigenes is now a source of worry for the state government

- Governor Samuel Ortom has called on the international community to assist his government in addressing the situation

Governor Samuel Ortom has called on the international community to assist the Benue government in addressing the humanitarian situation in the state.

Ortom made the call during a state-wide broadcast in Benue state on Wednesday, January 10.

The governor also revealed that there are over 50,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state at the moment.

Herdsmen attacks: We have serious humanitarian crisis on our hands - Ortom

An emotional Governor Ortom (right) looks on as the remains of the victims are lowered into their graves on Thursday, January 11

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His words: “Benue state needs help to overcome this invasion. We need help to tackle the enormous humanitarian crisis on our hands.

“We now have over 50,000 Internally Displaced Persons in our state. We appreciate the federal authorities, individuals and organizations that have helped us to overcome similar challenges in the past and appeal to them to rally round us once again. We call on the international community to assist.”

The governor however used the opportunity to admonish indigenes of the state to remain calm over the attacks.

He informed them that security agencies are on-top of the situation, but urged them to be alert and vigilant.

“They must not take the laws into their hands as the state government is collaborating with relevant authorities to bring the situation under control,” he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has described the victims of the recent attack as fallen heroes of Benue state.

He also revealed that the state has lost 73 people to the attacks since the beginning of the new year.

“This figure does not include our security operatives who have also fallen at the hands of these enemies of peace.

“It does not even include those already buried in their communities. Some of these gallant patriots who survived gun and machete attacks are receiving medical attention,” he added.

READ ALSO: ECOWAS commiserates with Governor Ortom, Benue indigenes

Benue state holds memorial service for victims of suspected herdsmen attack- on NAIJ.com TV

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