Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday said 560 people had so far lost their lives to killings by Fulani herdsmen over the past eight months.
The governor further said that half of five local government areas in the state had been sacked by the assailants within the period.
Ortom stated that the affected local government areas include Makurdi, Gwer West, Guma, Logo and Kwande.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua, the governor said the attacks on several communities across the state were beyond grazing crisis but rather the continuation of the 1804 conquest and the occupation agenda of Jihadists.
Ortom, who solicited support for his re-election, said his first term was characterised by several challenges which included lack of funds resulting to non-payment of salaries, natural disaster and insecurity.
He insisted that the attackers had found collaborators in some of the leaders in the state, who the governor claimed had vowed to remove him from office by all means.
The statement said, “Governor Samuel Ortom revealed that more than 560 people had been killed by Fulani herdsmen while half of Gwer West, Makurdi, Guma, Logo and Kwande local government areas have been sacked by the attackers since January, 2018.
“The governor appeals to other aspirants to shun violence as they solicit the mandate of the people, because peace should be the ultimate desire of everyone.”