Many citizens have continued to flock to the Internally Displaced Persons, or IDPs, camps across Benue State as ruthless men suspected of being bandits continue to wreak havoc.
According to the Metro Times, the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, recently disclosed that over 1.5 million people had been evicted from their ancestral homes as a result of the assailants’ repeated attacks in different communities.
Yev Gabriel, the Chairman of the Tse Yandev camp in Makurdi, the state capital, informed reporters that the camp continues to accept more displaced persons on a regular basis.
Mr Gabriel, who expressed his disappointment with the event, stated that the most common illness in the camp is malaria, claiming that over 200 inmates have been treated for the disease in the last few days.
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom urged the Federal Government on Tuesday to expand the ongoing war on bandits in the North West to the North Central geographical zone in order to end the security problem in his state and others.
The governor made the remarks on Tuesday at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, where he was paid a courtesy visit by members of the Niger Delta Bishops Voice and Ministers Forum, NDBVAMF.
He suggested that security agents attack bandit hideouts in Zamfara and other regions of the North Western States be expanded to the North Central to flush out the bandits and restore calm to the region.