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There is serious tension in Benue as Gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday killed 6 people in an attack on a camp for internally displaced people in Abagena, along the Makurdi-Lafia highway in the State.
According to reports, many people were also injured in the attack which was carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Residents of the camp for displaced people have fled in droves.
Vehicles coming and going out of Makurdi have been unable to proceed on account of bonfires on the road.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed the attack when he spoke to journalists.
Ortom made this confirmation when he visited the camp, where the IDPs were already protesting the attack by blocking the Makurdi-Lafia road.
‘You have all seen what is happening within the last two weeks. We have lost over 70 people in Guma, Makurdi, and Gwer West LGAs alone, in addition to what you have seen here.
‘Many are in the hospital apart from the seven that were killed. But I want to say that our patience is being overstretched in spite of our preaching of rule of law and due process. You can see that the people are fed up.’ he said.
While protesting the killings, the IDPs blocked the Markurdi-Lafia Federal Highway and laid the corpses of the victims on the road.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK