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Gov Ortom laments herders attacks, as displaced persons exceeds millions

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday said the number of internally displaced persons in various camps in the state have surpassed one million following attacks by armed herdsmen on communities.

Ortom, who disclosed this while addressing IDPs at Uikpam, one of the camps in the state, called on donor agencies, philanthropists and humanitarian workers to assist in addressing the plight of the victims.

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While lamenting that the resources of the state had been overstretched and appealing that the government required support to cater for the needs of the affected people, he reiterated that his administration would not to repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state.

Ortom, who recently clocked 60, said he had also prayed for the restoration of peace to enable the displaced persons return to their ancestral homes.

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