The Benue State Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Aondowase Kunde has disclosed that property worth over N425 billion has so far been destroyed as a result of the ongoing herders' attack on farmers.
Kunde disclosed this on Wednesday while receiving Senior Course 46 students of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaaji in Makurdi who came on a Study Tour to undertake research on "Combating Contemporary Society Challenges for Enhancing Operational Effectiveness."
He explained that over 2 million persons were displaced from 8 Local Government Areas in the state, adding that while many were still in IDP camps, hundreds were staying with host communities and relatives across the State.
Kunde said the State has witnessed several violent attacks resulting in thousands of deaths, and thousands of injuries while hundreds were still missing.
"Thousands of our people were killed during these attacks, thousands of others sustained several degrees of injuries while hundreds of others are still missing.
"The attacks have caused a significant food shortage in the state and the nation as Benue farmers are displaced from their farmlands, increase in the number of out-of-school children and increase in trafficking of persons amongst many other worrying impacts."
Kunde said the State was currently carrying out biometric enumeration and enrolment of IDPs in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for effective interventions.
According to him, as of November 23, 2023, 77109 individuals and 19,973 Households have been successfully enumerated through the exercise in six Local Government Areas viz Makurdi, Guma, Agatu, Kwande, Logo and Gwer West, and the process was on to capture all other camps in the state.
The Commissioner while commending the military for their efforts so far in securing the State also called for new tactics in tackling the evolving Benue insecurity challenges.
Earlier, the Team Lead of the Senior Course 46 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji Naval Commodore Robert Obeya said they were on a Study Tour to have first-hand knowledge of the Benue Security Challenge with the view to fashioning a broader and effective approach to solving same.
He lauded the government Rev. Dr Hyacinth Alia for the commitment shown so far in tackling security challenges in the state and also his efforts to resettle the IDPs back to their ancestral homes, saying the military will on their part evolve new tactics to completely cause peace in not only Benue but all other areas facing same security issues.